Project Status

Council has completed the Detailed Design phase and the preparation of documents suitable to proceed to tender of the Boyne Tannum Aquatic Recreation Centre (BTARC) for construction.

In October 2023, notice of funding approval was received for the Australian Government's 2022 election campaign commitment made towards the construction of an aquatic centre for Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.

On 5 December 2023, Council resolved to enter into a funding agreement with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts for the Australian Government's 2022 election campaign commitment.

Council has concluded negotiations and signed the funding agreement.

Next Steps

Council will proceed to tender the project for construction. A subsequent decision will be required to award the tender and will serve as Council's final investment decision on the project in accordance with its Investment Decision Framework Policy.

Access to a public swimming pool has been identified as one of the highest priority social infrastructure needs for the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands community. The closest public swimming pool is a minimum 25 minutes’ drive to Gladstone. With an unfavourable distance of travel and limited public transport between the urban centres, equitable access to a public swimming pool continues to be an ongoing disadvantage for a community that has a higher composition of families with children, youth, and a projected population growth.

In March 2018, Council resolved to consider options for an aquatic recreation centre to service the area.

Community consultation was undertaken to help shape the Boyne Tannum Aquatic Centre Recreation Feasibility Study which was adopted by Council in January 2019.

In June 2020, after further community consultation and input, a site selection process was undertaken and Council selected Lot 900, Coronation Drive in Tannum Sands as the preferred site.

In March 2022, Council, at its General Meeting adopted the Concept Design proposed, with a focus on providing a facility that can meet both current and future aquatic recreation needs of the community, and includes:

  • 8 lane 50 metre outdoor heated pool
  • Distinct recreational zone
  • Kiosk and general amenities, green space with shaded turf seating areas and spectator embankment
  • All abilities access (pool ramp) and pool shading for sun safety and comfort
  • Carparking and landscaping.

In March 2023, Council, at its General Meeting approved the Material Change of Use Development Application for the Boyne Tannum Aquatic Recreation Centre, securing a key regulatory approval that must be obtained prior to commencing the development.

In April 2023, The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water issued a decision that the BTARC development is not a controlled action and therefore does not require further assessment and approval under the EPBC Act before it can proceed.

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