March / 2017

Lawnton Aquatic Centre has unveiled a new Grandstand

Development

A new $1.6 million grandstand has made a big splash at Lawnton Aquatic Centre just in time for Christmas and the sweltering summer months.

With the warmer weather already setting in, the grandstand is sure to benefit everyone using the facility, providing more space, shade, seating and elevated, unobstructed vantage points to watch all the swimming action.

Why not bring the family by to check out this impressive new structure and enjoy a cooling dip, or workout.

What does $1.6 Million Buy?

“We’re proud to have delivered such a fantastic piece of infrastructure for our local swimming community and I look forward to seeing the enormous benefits it will unlock,” said Councillor for Division 8, Mick Gillam.

The covered grandstand:

  • Is comprised of more than 40 tonnes of structural steel
  • Measures 10 metres high and features 10 rows of 1,000 seats in total
  • Is equipped with disability access
  • Boasts timekeeping facilities and storage areas as part of its design
  • Has been future-proofed to accommodate future growth and storage requirements. For example, change rooms can be installed closer to the main pool at a later date if need be.

“The new grandstand is a fantastic addition to the Centre, not only providing greater flexibility in the type of events we can host, but also providing a great source of shelter and shade for those using the pool in the warmer months,” said Jo Enever, the President of Lawnton Swimming Club.

Benefits of the Lawnton Aquatic Centre Grandstand

The upgrade has transformed the Lawnton Aquatic Centre from a local community pool into an impressive facility capable of hosting major Moreton Bay Region swimming carnivals and competitive swimming events year-round. Over the coming years it will prove a major boon for the growing Lawnton swimming community including local residents and the schools, sporting clubs and groups who regularly use the centre.

“With such impressive facilities now in place, Lawnton Aquatic Centre has the potential to bring thousands of competitors and spectators to our region each year through major events, not to mention creating more opportunities for our local swimmers and our schools to compete closer to home,” said Moreton Bay Regional Council, Mayor Allan Sutherland.

Aussie Swimming Greats hailing from Moreton Bay Region

Moreton Bay Region has a proud history of fostering the talents of some of our nation’s best swimming stars including:

  • Australian Paralympic swim stars – Brenden Hall and Lakeisha Patterson
  • Olympic legends – Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper and Bronte Barratt

“Council is extremely proud to have invested in such an important project for our local swimming community, and I have no doubt this grandstand will be a lasting legacy for the region’s future generations of swimming superstars,” Mayor Sutherland proudly remarked.

Welcome to Lawnton Aquatic Centre

This premier pool facility located at the corner of Gympie & Lawnton Pocket Rd boasts one of Brisbane North’s largest swim schools and squad programs, and also provides a great range of programs for adults such as learn to swim, swimfit and aqua aerobics classes.

Its ample grounds and car parking facilities, plus its close proximity to public transport position the Centre as the only North Brisbane swimming facility capable of holding major swimming carnivals.

“The Lawnton Aquatic Centre sees well over 100,000 visitors per year, including lap swimmers, learn to swim, triathletes, school groups and social swimmers, and this should increase by about 50 per cent with new carnival bookings,” informed Cr Gillam.

The facility enjoys a partnership with Genesis Fitness which allows swimmers to take advantage of a full fitness package. The Genesis H20 membership enables unlimited, full access to both the pool and the gym’s fitness facilities.

If you’re a local, why not bring the family for a dip and discover what Lawnton Aquatic Centre has to offer. Little ones will love the heated toddler’s wading pool, serious swimmers can get their heart racing in the 50 metre outdoor lap pool, while casual swimmers can relax, do some exercises, or learn to swim in the 25 metre indoor hydrotherapy pool.

If you’ve a special event coming up you can also contact the Centre on 3285 1770 for function enquiries. The facility can cater for small celebrations up to functions involving hundreds of people. Alternatively, you’re welcome to simply bring some snags along to grill up on one of the complimentary BBQs for a relaxed family day out.

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