Council approves aquatic centre

Plans for what the new Boyne Island aquatic centre will look like. 253052_01

Eilish Massie

After three decades of rallying, the Boyne Island-Tannum Sands community will finally have an aquatic centre.

Gladstone Regional Council approved a development application from ZenDev on Tuesday for a centre on the corner of Wyndham Avenue and Arthur Street Boyne Island.

The development will include an Olympic sized 50m pool with a shaded grandstand, indoor swim school/aerobics pool, resort-style lagoon pool, kids pool, two water slides and a splash zone, a water play area café and gym facilities.

Councillors unanimously passed the plans from developer ZenDev at a meeting on Tuesday, after receiving 267 public submissions in favour of it and only three with concerns.

Speaking with Gladstone Today earlier this year, ZenDev director Jacob Scott said the firm was overwhelmed by the level of support from the community.

“As part of our community engagement process, we received 450 submissions supporting our proposal through a poll set up on our website and had hundreds of residents approach us with feedback and words of encouragement,” he said.

“The enthusiasm and support towards our vision from the community is fuelling our fire and we promise to be equally as dedicated to the cause.“

ZenDev took to social media on Tuesday to thank the community for their support upon hearing the news.

Unfortunately, Zen Dev’s Brisbane office was among many businesses impacted by the severe weather and flooding impacting large parts of southeast Queensland.

“Our office fell victim to the current flood disaster occurring in SEQ. We are busy organising the clean up and assisting friends, family and loved ones who are effected,” the group said.

During the meeting, Deputy Mayor Kahn Goodluck said the BITS community now had two possible outcomes for an aquatic centre, with GRC’s own development application for an aquatic centre in the works.

It is believed GRC’s aquatic centre, proposed for Coronation Dr, Tannum Sands, was put on hold while ZenDev’s application was processed.

“We’ve got the council project that we’ve been working on for a number of years in Tannum Sands,” he said.

“So we’ve got two possible outcomes which is fantastic for everyone who lives in the Boyne-Tannum community.

“Hopefully we’ll see one of them come to fruition, if not both which will be great.”

He said it would be several years before either of the proposed centres was operational.

Upon completion, ZenDev’s Boyne Island Aquatic Centre has the potential to attract 700,000 visitors to the site per annum and create opportunities for new tourism businesses.

The aquatic centre would also work in conjunction with local events such as the Boyne Tannum Hookup, which attracts 27,000 visitors each year, resulting in building an identity for the Boyne Tannum precinct as a leisure and adventure destination.