Apr 22, 2019

Upgrade to a piece of Olympic history

Upgrade to a piece of Olympic history

A tender for the upgrade of the Townsville’s Tobruk Memorial Baths has been released.

The swimming pool facility was one of the training sites for the 1956 Australian Olympic Team.

The refurbishment for the Tobruk pool will include decommissioning the existing 50-metre and toddler pools.

The Tobruk Memorial Baths redevelopment is a major commitment Council made as part of the almost $400 million infrastructure spend in the Budget handed down last year, said Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.

The Tobruk Memorial Baths were over 60 years old and in need of redevelopment, said Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino.

“The redevelopment will include a new 50m pool and toddler pool, a refurbishment of the toilets and showers, a new shade structure and an updated filtration system,” Cr Molachino said.

The Tobruk Memorial Baths were opened to the public in the 1950’s and named in commemoration of the Australian servicemen that took part in the Siege of Tobruk.

The Tobruk Memorial Baths had a long history in Townsville, Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said.

“The Tobruk Memorial Baths … are heritage listed thanks to the cultural significance of the facility and the beautiful façade of the building,” Cr Greaney said.

“This is a really important facility for locals and that’s why Council is investing in revitalising the Tobruk Memorial Baths.

The tender process opens on Saturday 20 April and will close on Wednesday 22 May.

The construction timeline for the project was pushed back due to the unprecedented monsoon.

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