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Sandgate Aqautic Centre getting a refurb

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Brisbane City Council plans $500,000 upgrade of swimming pool

Kara Sonter, Northside Chronicle
February 13, 2017 10:08am

A WATER playground will be built at a popular Brisbane swimming pool in time for next summer.

Brisbane City Council will spend $500,000 to improve the Sandgate Aquatic Centre, on the waterfront at Sandgate on Brisbane’s northside.

The design is yet to be finalised, but a concept design of the aquatic playground reveals a shallow pool, waterslide, fountains, and an overhead tipping bucket.
 

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Im at chandler in mid April for national swim champs for my son.cant waitmstaying wolongagaba @the Eastwood
 
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Don't think Chandler has been worked on since the 2001 Goodwill games, probably a bit dated now..
 

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Was there the other day. The gym has been moved from the Aquatic Centre to the new Velodrome. Not sure what they will do with the existing space in the Aquatic Centre now that the gym has moved. The dive platform requires maintenance, lots of visible corrosion. A steam room, sauna, hydro pool could be ideal. Upgraded kids facility with tip bucket and other water features can also modernise the facility.
 

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If I could do any one thing to the Chandler complex it would be to put some air-conditioning or some other sort of cooling system into the basketball arena. Been there when its a hot day and the interior can be several degrees hotter than the outside temp...
 

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With the Brisbane Roar and Brisbane Lions looking for new training facilities and somewhere to base themselves, I'm somewhat surprised that Chandler hasn't been given consideration. Instead the Roar are moving to Logan and the Lions are looking at Brisbane Airport.

There would surely be some mutual benefit to base themselves at a place like that which already has a significant number of facilities they could leverage.
 

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My only caution with that approach (as much as I love it) is the massive environmental protection of the vegetation around Chandler. It would be difficult to clear enough area to make it work IMO.
 

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BCC Budget allocation for Aquatic centre renewal : $17.6 million on Aquatic centres, including Langlands and Musgrave Park pools.
 

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Full steam ahead for the Langlands Park Aquatic Centre redevelopment

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Langlands Park upgrades

A start to the $8 million upgrade to Langlands Park Memorial Pool in September and an upgraded Easts Leagues Club entrance completed last month signaled an exciting future for the Coorparoo sports precinct.

Construction of a new 50m pool, a new 25m pool and a new aqua park will start in March for completion by the end of the year and major upgrades are planned for the Easts Tigers grounds next year which will include a new Centre of Excellence, dressing rooms, a gymnasium, offices and corporate boxes.

An extra level of carparking at the club is also planned, adding 100 plus car parks.

The club renovations are part of major upgrades
 

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Stage 2 Works to begin on the new Langlands Park Aquatic Centre in March.

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Final lap for pool of champions before Langlands upgrade works
Brian Bennion, South-East Advertiser
January 30, 2019 2:00pm
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Even though it didn’t meet competition standards, the best swimmers in the country trained there for six decades.

The 55-yard pool at Langlands will be demolished on March 4 to allow construction of a nine-lane competition-standard 50m pool, repositioned on the current site.

Stage one of the $8 million upgrade to Langlands Park Memorial Pool opens on Saturday with a new program pool, and new administration, amenities and kiosk facilities.

Langlands opened on January 16, 1959 and has become not only a much-loved community asset for the Coorparoo, Stones Corner area, but a pool of champions.

In 1984 Joe King coached 10 swimmers onto the Olympic Games Team at Langlands.

Among those who trained at Langlands are:

■ Ron McKeon, represented Australia at the 1980 Olympics and 1984 Olympics;

■ Dick Orbell, gold and silver Commonwealth Games medal winner, captain of the Australian Swim Team and represented Australia in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games;

■ Lisa Curry, winner of 15 gold, seven silver and eight bronze international swimming medals;


Lisa Curry-Kenny trained at Langlands.
■ Hayley Lewis’ won five gold medals and one bronze medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games as a 15-year-old before a string of medals at World Championships and three Olympics


Hayley Lewis with five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland.
■ Shane Lewis, represented Australia at the 1992 Olympics

■ Susan Landells, won silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, won the 200m individual medley and broke the Commonwealth record in the 400m individual medley at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh;

■ Mark Stockwell, won three medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and another silver medal as part of the “Mean Machine”;


Mark Stockwell (second from right) at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 with Mike Delaney, Greg Fasala and Neil Brooks - the “Mean Machine”.
■ Paul Moorfoot, represented Australia in three events at the 1980 Olympics;

■ Lindsay Spencer, represented Australia in two events at the 1980 Olympics; and

■ Judy Hudson, represented Australia at the 1972 Olympics and the 1976 Olympics


A shot of Langlands Park Memorial Pool taken on November 27, 1979. Picture: Brisbane City Council archives
To mark the end of an era, the centre will host a Last Swim event at the main pool on March 3 celebrating 60 years of achievements.
 

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Rough times for Southport Aquatic Centre

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Commonwealth Games pool drowning in costs as revenue takes a dive
Paul Weston, Gold Coast Bulletin
February 21, 2019 12:00am
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ALMOST a year after being the focus of the swimming world during the Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is still drowning in costs to the ratepayer.

The financial burden goes back to 2015 when the Bulletin reported — just six months after the $41 million revamped aquatic centre reopened at Southport — that the city’s top swimming venue was costing ratepayers almost $40,000 a week.


The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre’s big Australia Day pool party — Paradise Dive club member Gemma Goldie 12 is getting ready. Picture Glenn Hampson
Costings included high electricity bills, which the council said at the time were being sorted, added security and hosting open days. The council was confident of a turnaround in the centre’s fortunes.

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But the latest update to councillors as a part of the council budget review lists the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre as one of three “emerging issues”.

“There is an anticipated shortfall in income at this centre as a result of slower than forecast uptake of memberships and programs following the reopening of the facility after almost six months closure for GC2018,” the report said.


Workmen dismantle scaffolding at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from the Commonwealth Games. Picture Glenn Hampson.
“It is currently forecast that the revenue shortfall may be in the vicinity of $340,000 and will be considered in the March budget review after the summer and school holiday program reviews have been realised.”

Southport-based councillor Dawn Crichlow and other councillors believe the aquatic centre’s challenges are operational and can be resolved.

“We’ve had people complaining that they’re not quite sure when things are going to be opened or closed,” Cr Crichlow said.

“You’ve got to put your signs up. It’s all from this upheaval from the Commonwealth Games. They (the pool members) have gone somewhere else.

“People want certainty of use. They want signs up because they don’t know if an event is on.”


Southport-based councillor Dawn Crichlow. Picture: Tertius Pickard.
The Bulletin understands one potential revenue stream lost has been a naming rights sponsor for the aquatic centre.

“The expectation was Optus would be the long-term naming rights sponsor. They were to take up a three-year lease after the Games. They have pulled out of that,” a council source said.

A report to council in February last year said: “Securing a suitable naming rights sponsor for the aquatic centre would provide a significant offset to the ongoing operational costs of the venue.”

Meanwhile, some other aquatic centres are either exceeding revenue forecasts or undergoing major facelifts.


Matthew Carter of Australia during the Mens 3m Springboard Preliminary event during the Commonwealth Games. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt).

Patronage numbers at the Palm Beach Aquatic Centre have exceeded original estimates, leading to increased revenue of about $270,000 this financial year.

The budget review report said the higher number of visitors had boosted labour costs, with an extra lifeguard appointed and the pool opening for longer hours.

Additional costs were expected to be about $342,000. The council report said budget variations would be addressed in the March budget review.

Cr Peter Young said a $950,000 upgrade of the Nerang Aquatic Centre was expected to start in April and be finished by next summer. It would include a 15m by 8m pool enclosed in a purpose-built facility.

“The water temperature will be 32 degrees and this is good for both swimming and pool-based therapy programs and activities,” Cr Young said.
 
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