Tara: Pool Replacement Project

  • Project typeAquatic Centre
  • Project scheduleProject Complete
  • Completion Date19 September 2023

Western Downs Regional Council has delivered a revitalisation of the Tara Pool which has provided a vibrant new aquatic facility for the area.

The project replaced an existing pool which was in an extremely poor condition, and enhanced a range of pool features and amenities.

The revamp supports a range of uses including Learn to Swim, squad training, representative meets, recreational swimming, and broader community get togethers. 

Key Features:

  • brand new 25 metre pool with eight wider swim lanes
  • disability ramp and lane
  • accessible adult change facility
  • heating to extend the swim season
  • pool blankets to maintain water temperature
  • open communal spaces for community enjoyment
  • state of the art filtration systems
  • new kiosk and amenities

Support Measures for Tara Community

  • Tara residents will receive free entry to the revitalised Aquatic Centre until the community fun day being held on 28 October 

Council implemented a range of measures to support the Tara community while the new Aquatic Centre was being constructed (two consecutive swim seasons). These measures included:

  • Free entry to all Western Downs Regional Council pools for Tara residents
  • Free Learn 2 Swim and Squad Swim Programmes for Tara residents
  • Funding provided directly to the Tara Amateur Swimming Club to support travel costs to the total of $34,000. This funding is for the purpose of travel to any aquatic centre within region for the purpose of associated training and competition.

Project Status: Complete

Stage Outlines:

19 September 2023 - Project complete

14 February 2022 - Early site establishment and demolition works

8 December 2021 - Council endorses Taylor Builders to construct the new aquatic facility

Project Start Date:

February 2022 - Early works to remove the old pool structure and facilities to commence

March 2022 - Construction works commence

April - May 2022 - Earthworks complete

June - July 2022 - Concrete flooring and walls constructed

August - September 2022

  • Frame work for kiosk area commenced
  • Pool concreting completed
  • Underground electrical & plumbing services in progress
  • Foundations and blockwork for the swim club/pump room commenced

September - October 2022

  • Pool tiling nearing completion
  • Framework for buildings being erected
  • Amenities building concrete being prepared
  • Construction of roof trusses commencing

November 2022 - December 2022

  • Installation of fixings within constructed buildings
  • Concrete slabs for building complete
  • Frame work to be installed with trusses to follow 

January 2023 - April 2023

  • Concourse foundations 
  • Undertake finishing touches to pool tiling 
  • Roof framing 

May 2023 - June 2023

  • Concrete paving around pool and carpark walkway 
  • Roller doors installed
  • Amenities flooring and wall tiling complete 
  • Pool lighting installed 
  • Car park re-sealing
  • Pool filtration systems established 

July 2023 - September 2023

  • Install of diving blocks, lane ropes and pool blankets 
  • Final fit off for amenities block, Kiosk and Swim Club room  
  • Landscaping 
  • Filling of the new pool
  • BBQ install



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