Pool complex manager Gavin Urquhart, pool supervisor Jeff Collier and duty manager Damien Theodore.
Pool complex manager Gavin Urquhart, pool supervisor Jeff Collier and duty manager Damien Theodore. Blainey Woodham

TRAC celebrates first birthday

MURWILLUMBAH’S $16 million-plus swimming and car park complex is one year old and yesterday Tweed Shire Council wasn’t about to let the birthday pass without a cake and claims the money had been well spent.

Council officers said more than 100,000 visits had been recorded since the pool was officially opened on Friday, November 28 one year ago.

To mark the anniversary the council also announced the pool complex, officially known as the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre, would offer 15 per cent off memberships purchased today only.

A five per cent discount rate on memberships is to apply during next week.

TRAC manager Gavin Urquhart said the “state-of-the-art facility” was the best of its kind in regional NSW and the Tweed community was making the most of the pools and programs all year round.

“It’s great to see the number of families and individuals who use the centre for their recreational, health and fitness needs,” Mr Urquhart said.

“I’d encourage any residents who haven’t used the centre yet to come along and have a look at the wide range of facilities we have here in Murwillumbah.”

Staff pointed out that the complex featured a year-round, indoor building with heated 25-metre lap pool incorporating diving pool, a learn-to-swim pool and hydrotherapy pool.

The hydrotherapy pool is the only public hydrotherapy pool in the region and meets relevant standards for use for rehabilitation by the aged and those with disabilities.

The 50-metre pool has been refurbished and upgraded to eight lanes.

A spokesperson said the children’s adventure pool had been “a real drawcard for families on hot days, while the water slide is proving as popular as ever”.

She said a barbecue facility was scheduled to be built within the next few months, supported bylocal service clubs.

Some of the highlights over the first year of operation included the return of school carnivals to the complex with students shaded by the new grandstand, thong throwing and pie-eating competitions as part of Australia Daycelebrations.



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