SPLASHING OUT: Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes, CEO Scott Mason, Deputy Mayor Gail Godwin-Smith and councillor Charlie Brimblecombe inspect the rammed earth walls at the Blackwater Aquatic Centre site.
SPLASHING OUT: Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes, CEO Scott Mason, Deputy Mayor Gail Godwin-Smith and councillor Charlie Brimblecombe inspect the rammed earth walls at the Blackwater Aquatic Centre site. Contributed

New aquatic centre taking shape

CONSTRUCTION on the Blackwater Aquatic Centre is now in the deep end as excavation of the 50m pool continues.

Since Hutchinson Builders started work on the Hunter Street site in March, it has been transformed by heavy machinery as the contractors excavate and begin construction on the 50m and 25m pools, the splash pad, infrastructure and car parking.

Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes said the work on the site was "really impressive” as he joined Deputy Mayor Gail Godwin-Smith, councillor Charlie Brimblecombe and chief executive officer Scott Mason to view the progress with project manager Nick Colthup and site manager Len Ward.

The walls are going up and the amenities buildings are taking shape.

Concrete suppliers and steel fixers have been busy with the concrete pour for the base of the 50m pool.

Within days, the last of the foundations for the entry and meeting room building will be complete.

"We are very fortunate to have this standard of facility being built in our local area,” Cr Godwin-Smith said.

"It is going to be a big drawcard for locals and visitors to Blackwater.

"The whole facility has been well thought through and it's great to see it happening,” Cr Brimblecombe added.

Work scheduled in the next few months includes the construction of the pools and the large shade structure over the 25m pool and part of the 50m pool.

The aquatic centre is expected to be completed in mid-January.


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