The proposed development by ZenDev, situated on the picturesque bank of the Boyne Tannum River (next to the bridge on Boyne Island), has been designed and is influenced by what we have come to understand the community of the region has been desiring.
With over 2 years of conceptual planning and market feedback, the ZEN Team are so excited to have this proposed community and lifestyle hub moving closer to becoming a reality by the day.
Offering a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, which includes a 50m pool, Learn To Swim and Aerobics Pool, swim meet facilities, lagoon and water slide. This Aquatic Centre has been designed as a result of community feedback from the local community, to ensure that it will be an asset that is utlised for generations to come.
In March 2022 we received the fantastic news that our Development Application for the Boyne Tannum Aquatic Centre located on the corner of Centenary Drive and Wyndham Avenue, Boyne Island received Council Planning Approvals. A community pool has been in demand for decades. Understanding the needs of the community, we have developed the concept design of the Boyne Tannum Aquatic Centre as stage 1 of this development. The next steps is to present our Business case to Gladstone Reginal Council.
The rest of the development is still undergoing its design phases and will be lodged as separate applications.
The best chance for the project going ahead relies on positive support from the community. If you’d like to help by submitting a letter of support to council, please click the button below.
Finally, something to bring some spark into our beautiful town and get local business thriving again!!
– Hayley Bracewell
The design for the pool was created under careful consideration of:
- The previous BTARC survey which was conducted by Gladstone Regional Council
- Feedback from the Bullets Swim Club
- Feedback from local/ national aquatic centre operators
- Feedback from a range of local community clubs to understand how other clubs can utilise the facilities
- Feedback from local business owners
- Feedback from a number of pool builders and designers
- And mostly feedback from you, the locals!
- We’re dedicated to taking on as much feedback from the community as possible.
Our primary goal is to develop something that the local community can utilise for generations to come.
The extensive business case studies we have undertaken, indicate that the feasibility of a community development like this, with a negotiated lease with Gladstone Regional Council will result in the most beneficial outcome for all stakeholders, including the rate payers.
With council as the tenant they will most likely outsource operation to a third party, similar to the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
GRC is progressing with a pool for their Coronation Drive site. Our proposed site was short listed as a preferred location in councils initial report in 2019. It is our opinion that our site was incorrectly assessed in this 2019 report and we feel our site offers a far superior location, to be integrated with future a community hub, to increase tourism to the region and have a wider economic benefit to the community.
We have plans for a recreation and tourism precinct, however we want to ensure this is something the community will use and be proud of. Therefore, we are still seeking the best viable outcome for the community and will continue to engage and consult with the locals to provide the best use for the area.
Yes, we have had a highly qualified, independent traffic consultant undertake all necessary assessments. GRC will undertake detailed and rigorous assessments of all specialist reports during the approval process.
The final operating hours will be up to local council laws and the tenant, but typically aquatic centres are open for operation at the following times:
- 5:30am – 7:30pm : Monday – Friday
- 7:00am – 1:00pm : Saturday & Sunday
The approval process for the development application is expected to take up to 12 months. From the date the application is approved, we anticipate the construction period will be a further 12 – 15 months.
We intend for the facility to meet all accessibility requirements, but the details will be up to the preferences of the tenant during the detailed design phase.
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