Strategic planning for the Burdekin Community Precinct began with the ANZAC Park Precinct Master Plan in 2018, which went to community consultation in 2019. This consultation revealed the inclusion of a Burdekin Water Park was a community priority, which was approved by Council in 2020 and funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program in 2021. Community consultation was also held in 2021 to ascertain community sentiment around the size and fee structure of the facility.
Construction is progressing on the Burdekin Water Park by contractor Playscape Creations, with completion expected in early 2023. In Council’s 2022/23 Budget, funding was also allocated to the construction of a new entryway and kiosk to the Ayr Swimming Pool on Macmillan Street to ensure the safety of users by relocating the entrance from the Bruce Highway. Funding was also allocated to the reconstruction of Macmillan Street adjacent to the facility to accommodate additional parking, road treatment, crossing and footpaths.
Further projects in the Burdekin Community Precinct will be announced pending successful funding applications. Council is proud to be working with all tiers of Government on delivering better infrastructure for the Burdekin community.