Tobruk Baths redevelopment on-track
Date published: 30 October 2019
The redevelopment of the Tobruk Memorial Baths on The Strand has achieved another important milestone, with earthworks for the replacement 50 metre pool complete and forming-up now underway.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said contractors working on the project were now also working to remove the existing toddler pool, which was also being replaced as part of the $11.3 million project.
“The redeveloped baths will feature a new, wider 50 metre pool and toddler pool, as well as an updated filtration system, new shade structure and refurbished facilities,” Cr Hill said.
“Tobruk Baths have served the community for more than 60 years and this project will ensure that it can continue to do so for many years to come.”
The Tobruk Memorial Baths were opened to the public in the 1950s and named in commemoration of the Australian servicemen that took part in the Siege of Tobruk.
Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the project was part of Council’s massive $409 million infrastructure program this year.
“Council is committed to providing the Townsville community with world-class infrastructure and the redevelopment of the Tobruk Baths is yet another demonstration of that,” Mr Molachino said.
“Local contractor Jackson + Semler is doing a fantastic job, with an added benefit of the project being that it is supporting jobs for locals.”
The redevelopment is expected to support more than 120 jobs. Seventy-eight contractors have already been inducted onto the site.
Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the project remained on-track to be completed by February.
“It’s exciting to see the progress that is being made and, like plenty of other Townsville residents, I can’t wait for the project to be completed and for swimmers to be back using the facility.”