Construction. A hole the size of the new Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre lies in the heart of Smithton.
It is here at the Nelson Street site that construction has begun on the multimillion dollar facility.
An event was held on Friday where councillors, politicians, stakeholders, contractors and community members met for the official ground breaking.
In welcoming local students, Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam reflected upon the importance of the project.
“Seeing these children here today reminds me that I was a very similar age to them when the first swimming pool was built,” he said of the establishment of the Circular Head War Memorial Swimming Pool in 1962.
“The Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre is a project that this community has been calling out for.
“And what we are embarking on is to provide a facility which . . . will provide opportunities for current and future generations to be fit, healthy and engaged in the community and in the workforce.”
The $12 million project is jointly funded with $3.5M from the state government, a federal government contribution of $3.8M from the National Stronger Regions Fund and Circular Head Council funding the remaining $4.7M.
The contributions of the Swimming Pool Reference Group and Circular Head Recreation Advisory Committee in the consultation process were noted, as was the community collaboration.
The facility will include a six-lane 25 metre pool, three-lane six by 12.5 metre program pool and aquatic play area as well as multipurpose program space with two rooms capable of being used together or separately, and the refurbishment of two squash courts into one exercise space.
More than 70 jobs are expected to be created throughout the construction process and five permanent jobs upon completion.
The project is set for competition in November next year.