MOVING AHEAD: CPR Group Director of Sport and Community Development, Steve Connelly, meets with Western Suburbs Swimming and Triathlon Club President, Alex Staines.
MOVING AHEAD: CPR Group Director of Sport and Community Development, Steve Connelly, meets with Western Suburbs Swimming and Triathlon Club President, Alex Staines. Matt Taylor

Big changes in store for Gladstone swimming club

SWIMMING: It's exciting times for the Western Waves Swimming Club.

Fresh on the back of substantial financial backing from the Works for Queensland grant and a visit from CPR Group Director of Sport and Community Development Steve Connelly, preliminary stages have begun to make the precinct a multi-purpose attraction.

"We're working on a master plan and the idea is that we're going to strategically upgrade the infrastructure,” Connelly said.

He added the Western Waves club have been pro-active in their approach.

"The club is also planning a five to 10-year longer term facility development,” Connelly said.

"For the shorter term, the funding has been received to remove older structure and to install a whole new pump and filtration system.

"There will be a 17.4 kilowatt solar power system to alleviate operating costs and improved shade provision.”

Other brand new improvements that will be made is the establishing of an indoor training facility and gym, pool surface upgrade and artificial turf for the tiered grandstand seating area.

According to the funding requirement, the funding time-frame is by June 30, 2019.

Connelly said the shorter-term stage will be complete in 12 to 18 months.

Club president Alex Staines said business and the community as a whole will benefit.

"The funds are being spent with local businesses, employing local trades people for a facility that is open to the general public...win, win, win,” he said.

"Our club of dedicated volunteers rely almost exclusively on fund-raising and sponsorship monies to pay our insurances and operating costs.

"By taking a strategic, long-term approach with how the funds are utilised, we not only demonstrate very strong corporate governance, but we are also ensuring the longevity of our club for future generations of swimmers and triathletes.”

UPGRADES

Improved shade provision

New training facilities

Pool surface

Artificial turf


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