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Rough times for Southport Aquatic Centre

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^^The Southport Aquatic Centre's operating hours are not inline with community expectations. Weekends it closes at 5 pm and in winter 3 pm. How is this pool meant to make money when its closed to the public? The hours should be reviewed and at least be open until 6 pm on weekends all year and 9 pm weekdays. i.e The pools are heated all year, make the best of it to the Public
 

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TownsvilleBulletin.com.au---> Major facelift on the way for the Townsville Tobruk Memorial Pool

The Great Dame of Townsville almost unrecognisable
A piece of Queensland history is almost unrecognisable while undergoing a major facelift to restore and invigorate the golden relic to its former glory.

ELISABETH SILVESTER, Townsville Bulletin
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October 10, 2019 6:56am
An artist impression of the redeveloped Tobruk Memorial Pool.

A PIECE of Queensland history is almost unrecognisable while undergoing a major facelift to restore the golden relic to its former glory.

The Tobruk Memorial Baths on The Strand have been closed since August to undergo an $11.3 million refurbishment by Townsville City Council.

Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said construction was on time and budget and the council was happy with the progress and the improvements planned in the refurbishment.

“The works are coming along very nicely,” she said.

“There is going to be a fresh coat of paint on the main entrance and a concrete pour in the next couple of days.

“The community will see a big difference — there will be wider lanes, a bigger platform, there will be an upgrade of the kids’ facilities and hot showers.”

Listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 1995, Ms Greaney said the baths were a famous piece of Townsville’s history and were important to preserve.

“I actually say the Tobruk baths are the Great Dame of Townsville,” she said.

“The open-air change rooms is what makes Tobruk so special and the heritage of the beautiful old-style public baths.

“It has so much history around it with the Olympic swimming squads that were here and to lose that piece of history would be terrible.”

The Tobruk Memorial Baths were originally built in the 1940s.

The facelift will incorporate modern technology to address the recent filtration problems that have emerged at the Kokoda and Long Tan pools.

“The filtration system in this pool was very, very old and very outdated and we had a number of water-quality issues,” Ms Greaney said.

“So that is part of the parcel with the new rebuild of the pool, we will see less and less (water filtration problems) with the new systems that are in place here.”

The upgraded pool is due to re-open to the public in February.
 

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Probably a contributing factor to why Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world!
It's not the Aquatic Centres that may contribute to skin aging and damage it's the UVA and B rays that do. Swimmers doing laps are only in the pool for 20-30mins. Plus squad and lap swimmers usually utilise the pool early mornings and after 4 pm. Your skin actually remains hydrated while in the pool So the truth is that Aquatic Centres and lap pools contribute to health and well being, not the fear mongering that is suggested above or in other threads on the subject.
 

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Parkinson AC currently undergoing a mild upgrade, new terraced stands with shade structures (currently batter), and revised carparking/entry arrangement.
 
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It's been ten years, perhaps more, but it just looks the same to what I recall. What did they actually do? Perhaps a general refurbish, and added some shades or something?
 

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It's a brand new wave free pool with a brand new learners pool. New salt water filters and heating. New improved change rooms and improved landscaping.
 
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