Burdekin Water Park
The Burdekin Water Park has been on the public agenda for years. In 2019, the community provided feedback in support of a water play space being included as part of the ANZAC Park Precinct Master Plan, which was endorsed by Council in early 2020. In early 2021, community consultation was conducted to determine the size and scope of the proposed water park, as well as a potential fee structure.
In late 2021, a request for tenders was released, with the draft concept plan by Playscape Creations endorsed by Council in December. Playscape Creations spent the first months of 2022 working with Council on the detailed designs while preparatory groundwork commenced at the site. Construction at the Ayr Swimming Pool complex commenced in July 2022, with completion expected in early 2023 weather permitting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Building a water park in the Burdekin has been on the public agenda for some time. Currently, if residents of the Burdekin want to experience a water park, they have to travel to either Bowen, Townsville or further afield. In 2019 following a period of community consultation, Council included a water park concept in the Ayr Swimming Pool complex as part of the ANZAC Park Precinct Master Plan. A suitably designed water park has the potential of being a regional draw card, where out-of-town visitors will boost our local economy and residents no longer have to travel away to enjoy exciting water leisure facilities.
This location has the advantage of an existing swimming pool which will provide greater choice of water activities and reduced operating costs. It also includes existing amenities such as changing facilities and bathrooms, which would have incurred a significant additional cost if the Burdekin Water Park was built as a standalone facility. The complex also has a pool manager who will provide supervision and manage the complex.
The Ayr Swimming Pool Complex is also fenced and gated, ensuring the safety of children and minimises risk of vandalism.
The contract for design and construction of the Burdekin Water Park was awarded to Playscape Creations with an estimated total cost of $2.53 million. A majority of this will be funded by the Queensland Government, with $2.48 million of Works for Queensland funding allocated to the project. Further costs have been budgeted for as part of the 2021/22 and 2022/23 capital works program.
Earlier in 2021, Council received significant feedback as a result of community consultation with results indicating residents agreed that implementing a fee structure would be fair for users of the facility.
This is in line with other Local Government areas with populations similar to that of the Burdekin that operate large water parks successfully. A water park is a significant piece of infrastructure which will attract ongoing costs to operate and maintain, which will have to be supplemented through either entry fees, a charge included in rates, or a mixture of both. This fee structure has not been finalised, with further discussions expected over the coming months.
Council will strive to keep the pool open for public use as much as possible during the construction phase. However, there may be times when the pool will be closed for safety reasons. It is anticipated that most of the closure will coincide with the annual winter pool closure.
Click here for details of Council’s other Swimming Pools and their opening hours.
Council will discuss potential extended operating hours and business models for the Burdekin Water Park in 2022, which will include night play and potential private hire of the facility. Watch this space!
The recommended ages suitable for the Burdekin Water Park are 4-12 - however this is just a guide. The facility is suited for families so people of all ages are welcome to play (we know we will be)!
Preliminary works are beginning already, with relocation of existing underground services and establishment works underway, requiring a section of the Ayr Swimming Pool Complex to be fenced off. Following this, completion of detailed designs is expected in early 2022, before construction will commence following the wet season in 2022.
The slab for the water park is expected to be poured and cured by September, with the construction of the Plant Room, Aqua Tower, and additional spray elements all following this before the Burdekin Water Park is opened in early 2023.
Several slides are included in the preliminary design for the water park, suitable for ages 4-12. The additional large water slides, suited to an older demographic, would cost significantly more and will be considered in the future when further funding becomes available.
The designs without shade sails were developed in order to showcase the range of water play features hidden underneath - the sails will definitely be included in the finished product.
Council will also fence the facility in line with Australian Standards to separate the pool from the Water Park and ensure both facilities are safe for all users.