Hilltops Mayor Brian Ingram said, “whilst the project has been marred with some environmental issues, the delivery of the Centre ahead of schedule is a pleasant surprise in the lead up to Christmas.”
The new centre is a complete replacement of the former Aquatic Centre and is state of the art for the region. Construction will commence on stage 1b, being the splash pad and pool, once the 2019 season has ended. Stage 1b of the project is expected to be completed by September 2020.
The Mayor has asked for the patience of the community for the remainder of the 2019 season with some construction fencing and equipment remaining at the pool. Hilltops Council Acting General Manager, John Osland, has outlined that cost savings for the construction of the splash pad / pool have been achieved by leaving some of the larger items on the site.
The project has been funded through the Stronger Country Communities Fund grant.