8 June, 2023
Pool gets a freshen up
A COLOURFUL new mural has been painted on the outside of the Mareeba Aquatic Centre, featuring a bright representation of the Mareeba Shire as a part of the splash park project.
The mural was completed as part of the project to construct the new splash park, with $1.5 million worth of funding from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
Painted by artist Daniel Wallwork, the mural celebrates all of the local area, including it’s 300 sunny days, love of sport and unique flora and fauna.
“We are so impressed with this refreshed entrance as it celebrates sunny days, outdoor recreation, and our native fauna,” Mayor Angela Toppin said.
“The Ulysses butterfly pops against the bright and water-filled background while the Gouldian finch looks on.
“The mural was designed with inclusivity, fun and visitor attraction in mind and, I think it has hit the mark.”
With the splash park on track to be completed during June, the project will enhance the overall visitor experience at the Mareeba Aquatic Centre.
The children’s pool and the 50-metre pool will receive heating with funding of $150,000 received from the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport’s Active Gameday Projects Fund.
“Council has contributed an additional $45,000 to the heating project. The pool heating has now been installed and is being commissioned,” Mayor Toppin said.
“We are so pleased to be getting closer to offering a year-round swimming pool to residents and visitors.
“The social and community benefits of the Shire’s aquatic facilities are immense and projects like this make Mareeba Shire an even better place to live by improving the already world-class lifestyle on offer here and by delivering better, local jobs.”