Following the adoption of the Aquatic Facilities Strategy 2023-2038 to guide future direction for inclusive and enjoyable facilities for the region, Council has commenced the exploration of replacement options for the Chinchilla Aquatic and Fitness Centre. As identified though the Aquatic Facilities Strategy, the Chinchilla Pool has reached end of life and needs to be replaced to ensure it can continue to meet the community's needs for years to come.
As part of the early planning process, Council heard from pool users and the broader Chinchilla community about how they use the facility and what features are most important to them for the future of this popular community facility.
Council engaged experienced aquatic centre consultants to undertake community engagement and propose a potential site and facility inclusions for future project planning. Community input is an integral part of planning for this project, and we were proud to see such great uptake from the Chinchilla community who were keen to be a part of the conversation.
At the January 2024 Council meeting, Council endorsed that the new Chinchilla Aquatic Precinct be developed at 35-41 Villiers Street, which is the site of the former Cypress Pines Caravan Park and directly across the road from the current facility. Read the full story here...
Council will now establish a stakeholder steering committee to guide the planning of the Chinchilla Aquatic Centre replacement project and commence the concept design process. Some minor remediation works will be completed over the next two years to ensure the current pool can remain operational while more detailed planning around the replacement of the facility is completed.