In August 2023, Council advised residents that the Mount Larcom Swimming Pool had reached its end of life as an asset and would subsequently close.
While this was not desirable, Mayor Matt Burnett and Councillors remained committed to ensuring that a replacement pool will be provided to the community of Mount Larcom.
In September 2023, Mayor Matt Burnett announced that a temporary solution has been achieved which will allow for the Mount Larcom Swimming Pool to remain open during the construction of a replacement.
This solution did come at a cost and would require the replacement of filtration systems, chemical dosing plants, several tanks, electrical updates, painting and damaged fencing.
Council has prioritised this work, and we envisage the swimming pool will be able to reopen in December 2023.
Mount Larcom Swimming Pool was opened in 1971 by then-Calliope Shire Council. The facility includes a six-lane outdoor 25m pool, a children's wading pool, grandstand and amenities building.
The facility was originally managed by Calliope Shire Council before transferring to Gladstone Regional Council following its formation in 2008.
The facility is still owned by Council however it is managed and operated by BlueFit, who also manage the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
Mount Larcom Swimming Pool was opened in 1971 with pool shells typically having an expectant lifespan of 50 years.
External assessment determined that regretfully, the Mount Larcom Swimming Pool has reached the end of its asset life, and significant renewal work and investment would be needed to return the asset to a safe, acceptable community standard.
Currently, the existing filtration system does not allow the facility to operate within water quality guidelines and there is a structural issue with the pool shell.
Council made the decision to not reopen the facility ahead of its 2023/24 season and are supportive of a replacement facility for residents.
Residents will be able to share their vision for a Mount Larcom Swimming Pool through upcoming community engagement.
Council is currently working with its aquatic centre operator, BlueFit to confirm opening hours and will communicate this with the community in due course.
Councillor Burnett continues to be focused on securing funding for the swimming pool to reduce the cost of community infrastructure on our ratepayers.
During this time, we are also seeking feedback to understand the community’s vision for a new swimming pool including essential features, preferred operating model, desired operating hours and preferred location.
How can I join the conversation?
Complete our survey to share your thoughts on a proposed replacement pool for Mount Larcom.
- Online survey available below
- Hardcopy surveys available from Mount Larcom Rural Transaction Centre, 47 Raglan Street, Mount Larcom.