Gold Coast City Council plans to spend more than $43 million on another sports precinct but this time it is not for the Commonwealth Games
A new aquatic centre and sports precinct is slated for Pimpama but will not be complete until at least two years after the 2018 Games.
The council this week issued a tender for the new facility, which is to include an Olympic pool, gym, 25m pool and learn-to-swim pools at Heritage Park on Rifle Range Rd.
The tender also calls for three multipurpose sports fields, 12 tennis courts, six netball courts and dressing rooms, toilets and storage.
Division one councillor Donna Gates said despite the new facilities being built for the Commonwealth Games, the Pimpama area was still in need.
“It’s in the north of the Gold Coast where there is no 50m pool available for community use,” she said.
The Commonwealth Games swimming will be held at the aquatic centre in Southport.
The closest 50m pool is at Runaway Bay, 20km away, which makes it almost impossible for Pimpama schools to get to an Olympic pool for swimming lessons.
Pimpama’s population is expected to more than double from an estimated 7900 people now to about 17,000 in 2021.
“We have been experiencing a growth rate of about 15 per cent,” Cr Gates said.
Some funding had already been set aside for the project.
“Some basic designs were done in-house and now we are sending it out to an expert,” Cr Gates said.
The council has not yet given final approval for the project but the tender sets out an upper limit budget of $43.4 million.
“These costs will be refined as part of this consultancy service and will provide further informed costings of the project for consideration as part of (council’s) 2017-18 budget deliberations,” the tender documents read.
This is to include feasibility investigation, planning, approvals, design and construction.
The Pimpama sports precinct is flagged for Heritage Park but a second site may be under consideration.
Cr Gates said this was because Heritage Park had some rocky areas which needed to be assessed.
The tenders close on August 31.
Published in The Gold Coast Bulletin by Lea Emery; 11th August 201