Southern Gold Coast’s ‘lifestyle destination’ is taking shape

Published on 03 March 2023

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The Palm Beach Aquatic and Community Centre has reached a significant milestone today as the suburb celebrates its 100th birthday.

Today’s concrete slab pour is one of seven, covering an area of one acre.

“It’s pleasing to see the construction of this fantastic facility well and truly underway in one of our city’s fastest growing regions,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

“Today’s milestone will be the first of many that will result in the largest community infrastructure project on the Southern Gold Coast.”

The City is dedicated to investing in modern aquatic, fitness and community facilities for the coast’s residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

The integrated ‘lifestyle destination’ is set to open in mid-2024 and will meet the current and future demands of the Southern Gold Coast’s population growth.

The redevelopment of the Palm Beach Aquatic and Community Centre will renew the existing facilities with larger warm water program and learn to swim pools, fitness centre and add a 25-metre heated outdoor pool. It will include a whole new and much needed community centre with multipurpose hall, meeting rooms, a dance studio, creche and new café.

Construction will focus next on the podium suspended deck and pool hall substructure before work reaches the main ground level and the steel building frames.

“The new-look centre is going to enhance the community and reflect the culture, climate, and character of the southern Gold Coast,” Mayor Tate said.

The new 25m pool is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program in association with the City of Gold Coast.

Assistant Minister for Local Government Nikki Boyd said Queensland was getting 2032 Ready. 

“The Palaszczuk Government is proudly supporting the upgrade of sporting facilities across Queensland, including the Palm Beach Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast,” Ms Boyd said. 

“Our upgrades, partnered with City of Gold Coast, will deliver a world class swimming facility in a city that has a passion for swimming and the water.

“Facilities like this will instil a lifelong love of swimming and hopefully some of the young people training and practicing at these facilities will represent Queensland proudly in 2032 just up the road.”

Construction stats:

  • More than 300 concrete trucks will deliver 2094 cubic metres of concrete to form the basement undercover carparking level
  • The concrete is being poured over seven days across nine weeks
  • A total of 135 tonnes of steel reinforcement has been laid
  • The project is providing employment for 363 Gold Coast based workers
  • 49 of the suppliers are from South East Queensland.