The project is expected to support 20 jobs during construction, as well as another six jobs over the longer term, delivering an economic boost for Rainbow Beach.
Senator Ludwig said, "This is about giving a real lift to the Gympie region by providing a much-needed year-round aquatic, sporting and recreational facility. It will also increase swimming safety and awareness through the learn-to-swim and surf life saving training activities."
The Gympie Regional Council project is expected to include:
- Construction and fit out of the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre including a new pool and gymnasium facilities;
- Energy and water saving measures; and
- Art and landscaping which reflects the local Indigenous heritage.