Noosa Aquatic Centre set to close for upgrades

Noosa Council recently appointed local company Ri-Con Contractors Pty Ltd to replace the roof and timber deck at Noosa Aquatic Centre (NAC).

The $365,000 project will begin in June, with the NAC to close while the work is carried out.

At its Special Meeting, Council also awarded Sunshine Coast business, Alto Pacific Pty Ltd, a $245,080 contract to refurbish the 50m pool and also replace decking at the NAC.

Community Facilities Manager Ash Saward said the facility was due for maintenance after serving residents well for 20 years.

“This will be the largest maintenance project undertaken since the facility opened in 1999,” he said.

The NAC will close Monday 24 June 24, with a planned reopening date of Monday 19 August.

“The work will be carried out during the colder months, typically a quieter period for the centre, in order to minimise disruption for the community.

“Due to the scale of the works – we’re replacing the entire roof and deck plus emptying the pool to facilitate tiling and grout works – we have to close the facility while the job is done.”

Mr Saward said NAC staff had already notified regular NAC patrons about the closure.

Alto Pacific will re-grout the 50-metre pool’s tiling, refurbish expansion joints, replace coping tiles around the 50m pool and replace wet decking around the 50m and program pools.

Mayor Tony Wellington said, “The new roof will allow us to proceed with the planned installation of a 100kW solar system to reduce the NAC’s power costs and support our 2026 zero-net-emissions target.”

Mr Saward said both construction companies were well-respected and had previous experience working on large community facilities.

The NAC experiences approximately 250,000 visits each year and teaches thousands of people vital swimming skills through various programs.

The NAC has also been the training ground for a host of Olympians, including swimmers Nick D’Arcy, Brittany Elmslie and Jake Packard, plus triathlete Emma Snowsill.

“There’s no doubt the NAC has served the community admirably during the past 20 years and this work will ensure the popular facility continues to do so well into the future.”

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