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The Moreton Bay Regional Council spent $5.4 million on refurbishing and improving what is now known as the Burpengary Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre (BRALC).
Formerly named the Caboolture Aquatic Centre, large crowds of people attended the reopening of the pool and surrounding facilities.
Moreton Bay Regional Councillor for Division Two, Peter Flannery explained where the council money spent went.
“A lot of the $5.4 million that we’ve spent in this facility is spent underground,” Cr Flannery said in the video above.
“You won’t actually see it.
“A lot of it’s done with the infrastructure inside the pool, things such as re-tiling parts of the pool, re-gravelling the whole pool.
“We’ve put down some underwater hockey marks as well.
“It’s the first time the pool’s been actually empty in 18 years.
“We’ve done some new ventilation systems, new lighting systems.
“We painted the pools outside.
“So, like I said, a number of the works that have been done are all underground but you won’t see them, but it looks very, very fresh and new when you walk in here today compared to how it did look in the past.”
Belgravia Leisure (BRALC management company) CEO, Nick Cox talked about how the investment in the centre will benefit the region.
“Such an incredible facility, and what a wonderful investment in improving the infrastructure,” Mr Cox told those attending the reopening.
“While some will see that as an investment in a council asset, we see it as an investment in social value.
“The evidence between showing those communities that invest heavily in community assets like this and those that experience high levels of health and happiness is irrefutable.
“Where the people are getting fit, losing weight, improving their time or most importantly, learning how to swim, the correlation is clear, and we’re really pleased and proud of the investment that’s been made to ensure that this asset becomes a regional destination that attracts thousands from within the region.”
BRALC is now open to the public.
Jesse Davis (DJ): The newly renamed Burpengary Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre. You are among some of the first to enjoy the centre following its $5.4 million refurbishment. The centre is looking fantastic. We have a huge morning of fun planned out to celebrate. This morning’s event is proudly brought to you by Moreton Bay Regional Council and supported by your local counsellor, counsellor for division two, Peter Flannery.
Peter Flannery: Thank you for coming along to this fantastic day of the reopening of the Burpengary Regional Aquatic Centre. It used to be named the Caboolture Aquatic Centre, but now we’ve drilled a bit more down to make it Burpengary ’cause that’s where it is.
My name’s Peter Flannery, the divisioner for council two. On behalf of the Moreton Bay Regional Council, once again, thank you very much for coming today to the reopening of the centre.
Before we start, I’d like to officially acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we meet today being the Gubbi Gubbi people and acknowledge their elders both past and present and emerging.
I’d also like to acknowledge we have a special guest here today. We’ve got Shane King, MP for Kurwongbah. Thank you, Shane. Acting mayor, Councillor Mike Charlton from division nine. Thanks, Mike. We have Belgravia Leisure CEO, Nick Cox. Thank you very much, Nick. Nick’s pretty impressed with the facilities from what I’ve heard so far. Also got Ed Nixon from the Burpengary Progress Association, and all the local families and all the staff here as well. Thank you very much for coming along.
So since May of last year, we’ve been working away with this project and a lot of the community out there know that this facility closed in May, and it’s taken a long time to get to where we are today with the works that need to be done here.
A lot of the $5.4 million that we’ve spent in this facility is spent underground. You won’t actually see it. A lot of it’s done with the infrastructure inside the pool, things such as retiling parts of the pool, regraveling the whole pool. We’ve put down some underwater hockey marks as well.
It’s the first time the pool’s been actually empty in 18 years. We’ve done some new ventilation systems, new lighting systems. We painted the pools outside. So, like I said, a number of the works that have been done are all underground but you won’t see them, but it looks very, very fresh and new when you walk in here today compared to how it did look in the past.
This facility’s not the only one in this area. This is our Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex. In this facility, we have a $14 million AFL facility just down the road there. We’ve got a $16 million soccer facility that’s going with a state-of-the-art synthetic pitch just over the other side there.
So in total, this facility is over $35 million with the recent works we’ve put in here. Not too long towards the end of this year, we’ll also be having a second access to this facility through Paradise Road, so everybody that comes from the north side of this facility will be able to come in through that road, and that’ll make it nearly a $14 million complex right here in Burpengary.
Today we officially reopen this venue. It attracts more than 200000 people a year coming to this venue. We’re hoping that numbers will grow with Belgravia coming on board. They run a number of our other facilities and they’ve got fantastic programmes out there. They’re gonna be bringing those programmes to this facility, and also I believe a fantastic new swim cage too, which I read recently, so those that are into serious swimming, you’ve got some great facilities and a great coach here to take that forward with you.
Great entertainment on today. We’re gonna have an ice cream eating competition later on, so all those kids who are interested in eating ice cream … On a day like today, I think everybody would … Come on after this meeting. We’ve got age limits too, so sorry. But come on down after this. We’ll do that.
We’ve also got some jumping castles around to the left there. We’ve got soccer over there. We’ve got some food going on. We’ve got the new gymnasium as well, which has got new gym equipment in there. Make sure you get around. Enjoy the facility.
Thank you very much also to St. Eugene’s School, who provided with their student leaders at the front collecting donation for the Smiths family, so all the donations from today will go to the Smiths family.
But without further ado, I’d now like to invite Nick Cox, CEO of Belgravia to come forward and say a few words. Thank you, Nick.
Nick Cox: Good morning, everyone. Well, on behalf of the Belgravia Leisure staff and management team, I just wanted to firstly say an enormous thank you to the Moreton Bay Regional Council. We’ve been partnering with the council now for well over 12 years. In fact, I think we manage all 12 of their leisure and aquatic facilities.
Of course, we’re not allowed to play favourites, but wow, how good is this? Such an incredible facility, and what a wonderful investment in improving the infrastructure. While some will see that as an investment in a council asset, we see it as an investment in social value. The evidence between showing those communities that invest heavily in community assets like this and those that experience high levels of health and happiness is irrefutable.
Where the people are getting fit, losing weight, improving their time or most importantly, learning how to swim, the correlation is clear, and we’re really pleased and proud of the investment that’s been made to ensure that this asset becomes a regional destination that attracts thousands from within the region.
So, again, thank you. Thank you to our management team, firstly led enormously well by our state manager, Dan Cullen, our regional manager, Craig Tobin, and of course, the all important man of the moment, Ian Hughes, who is our centre management.
It’s an exciting time for us. We can’t wait to get this facility and buzzing and bursting at the seams. We’ve got a lot of ideas and a lot of exciting plans. One that we would like to announce is some exciting developments that are happening in the health club area. Whilst we’re here today to enjoy primarily the aquatic facility, next week we have a redesign and a redevelopment happening in the fitness space. Belgravia Leisure invested about $400000 in redesigning the gym and ensuring that people have access to world class facilities.
So I would strongly encourage you to look for some of our membership consultants or our sales folk. They’re usually the ones that stand out in the bright blue and orange tops. Look at an opportunity to enrol your child in an important life skill, such as learning to swim or maybe joining the gym.
So again, on behalf of Belgravia Leisure, an enormous thank you to council for entrusting us and giving us the privilege of managing this incredible asset.