Emu Park residents and visitors can now enjoy swimming the entire year with a $133,000 pool upgrade including the installation of new heating equipment.

Rockhampton Regional Council and the State Government contributed funds towards the upgrade of the Don Ireland Swimming Complex, including the 25-metre pool, which is sure to delight local swimming clubs, recreational swimmers and visitors to the area.

Rockhampton Regional Council’s Committee Chair of Parks and Recreation Councillor Cherie Rutherford said Council was once again contributing to and helping our residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

“Council values a healthy lifestyle and our aim is to ensure all residents have opportunities to use and enjoy all our sporting and recreational facilities. Council contributed just over $106,000 to the Don Ireland Swimming Complex upgrade, which now allows our local community access all year round,” Cr Rutherford said.

“While the weather along the Capricorn Coast is milder during winter, having a heated pool is a real bonus and ensures that local residents, swimming clubs, recreational swimmers and visitors can now enjoy their outdoor activities throughout the cooler months.”

Division 2 Councillor Tom Wyatt will launch the upgraded complex and said Emu Park residents and regular users were already enjoying the improvements.

“The heaters and associated improvements at the complex are now operational and we thank the State Government’s Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program for their contribution of just over $27,000,” Cr Wyatt said.

“Along with the heating infrastructure, the funds enabled officers to purchase pool blankets and rollers, complete a power upgrade including a new switchboard, and enable the separation of the wading pool plant and equipment.

“The heating is an autonomous system - it’s simple and easy to maintain which will also ensure our swimmers are happy and comfortable during winter.”