Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre to open on October 26

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The Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre will officially open on Friday October 26, with the general public able to access the new facility from Saturday October 27.

Manager Active and Healthy Lifestyles Lincoln Fitzgerald said it was all hands on deck to get the centre open.

“We are on the home stretch now and very excited to be nearing completion,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“The pool hall is looking spectacular with seating now installed and tiling of the pools, pool deck and change rooms now complete.

“The colourful indoor splash park tower, expected to be a big hit with children of all ages, has been assembled, with the massive red tipping bucket now standing six metres above the ground. Once tiling is complete, the remaining elements will be installed.

“The program pool is awaiting the arrival of the pool pod, used to provide lift access to the pool for people with a disability.

“Upstairs, the floor coverings have been laid in the gym, program and spin rooms, ready for equipment to be installed. Downstairs, tiling of the entrance foyer is progressing well, vinyl flooring of the wellness suites has been completed and the café is taking shape.

“From the outside, passers-by will see progress is being made on the installation of exterior screens and the new 104-space car park is progressing well, with asphalt expected to be laid in the coming weeks. Landscaping is also expected to commence shortly, which will help the facility blend into its surrounds.

“The next major milestone will be filling the pools and calibrating water chemical levels and getting the temperatures right.

“Pool operator Belgravia Leisure is preparing to move in in late September, which will give staff a month to learn how to run the centre, install additional equipment and undergo training.

“Belgravia is in the process of hiring staff to run the centre, looking for people to teach swimming, lead gym and aquatic fitness classes, duty managers, lifeguards, childcare educators, and a Health and Fitness Manager. All up, the centre will employ about 110 people in a mix of full time, part time and casual roles.”

The City is in the process of planning the official opening but looks forward to involving local school children, community groups, sponsors, sporting groups, families and new members.

An opening weekend timetable of activities will be advertised in the lead up to the official opening, so residents will be able to fully experience the centre and all it has to offer.

For anyone who has purchased a membership, the first payment date will coincide with the centre opening and will occur on Thursday October 25.

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