TAKING SHAPE: The roof has gone on over the new Blackwater Aquatic Centre.
TAKING SHAPE: The roof has gone on over the new Blackwater Aquatic Centre. Contributed

Dive in the deep end

WHILE the community is set to take home gold when the new Blackwater Aquatic Centre opens in early 2017, Central Queensland businesses have been first off the blocks with more than 55% of expenditure so far going locally.

Hutchinson Builders were awarded the contract to construct the modern aquatic centre on behalf of Central Highlands Regional Council in January.

However, council said the focus on local content had ensured that local businesses had been the real winners.

"Council has a strong desire to use regional resources on projects and is delighted another large project is delivering benefits to local business,” Central Highlands Regional Council CEO Scott Mason said.

The big winners have been concreting and quarry materials, civil works, and accommodation providers, and at any one time there can be over 12 different trades on site.

"A great example is the rammed earth walls which surround the facility. There is approximately 600 tonnes of material all sourced from near Sapphire,” Mr Mason said.

With funding from the Australian Government, Central Highlands Regional Council and BMA, the centre will have a 50-metre, 10-lane partially covered pool, as well as a 25m covered and solarheated pool, a zero-depth splash pad feature and associated buildings and structures.

The project is on track to be completed early next year.


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