Redland City Council seeks Works for Queensland grant for Cleveland Aquatic Centre renewal

Cleveland Aquatic Centre closed for maintenance

CLEVELAND Aquatic Centre will be closed until October for maintenance work under plans agreed by council and centre operator Belgravia Leisure.

A Redland City Council spokesperson said the mandated COVID-19 closure of the Aquatic Centre in March had been an opportunity for more detailed centre revitalisation and maintenance investigation.

Council has since applied for Works for Queensland grant funding to support the works identified for the centre.

Work had already started at the centre to trace and repair a suspected leak in the 50metre pool as COVID-19 restrictions first began.

"Council and Belgravia Leisure have since been working on planning an expanded centre maintenance, renewal, upgrade and repair program for completion by October 2020." the spokesperson said.

The proposed operational and amenity work included pipe repair, joint, lighting and tiling repairs, major electrical upgrades, sand filter replacement, concourse painting, timber decking, and shade sail replacement.

"Council believes this project ticks all the boxes for the Works for Queensland grant funding including the upgrading and maintenance of public pools," the spokesperson said.

The Cleveland Aquatic Centre supported local jobs and vital community activities ranging from recreational swimming, learn to swim, health and occupational classes, to carnivals and events.

"As well as supporting a vital community asset, Works for Queensland grant funding would go to support local jobs and local businesses," he said.

Grant funding announcements are expected by July 6.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions being gradually eased, many aquatic facilities across the south-east have remained closed due to the limited viability of allowed user numbers.

Others have also taken the shutdown as an opportunity to work on facilities.