TIME FOR A NEW POOL: Swim coach Heidi McMahon teaches students from the growing swimming club Boyne Tannum Bullets in the 25metre Tannum Sands School pool.
TIME FOR A NEW POOL: Swim coach Heidi McMahon teaches students from the growing swimming club Boyne Tannum Bullets in the 25metre Tannum Sands School pool. Brenda Strong GLAPOOL

With thousands of homes on way Boyne Tannum needs services

Growing swimming club struggles with small pool

THE population of Tannum Sands and Boyne Island is expected to grow quickly in the next few years, with three new developments to add thousands of homes to the region.

Riverstone Rise is under construction, Tannum Blue's stage one is selling and The Sands begins construction next month.

Boyne Tannum Arts Business and Community Association president Jodie Luce highlighted the growing community's needs.

"We would like to see some more public transport options so people can access getting into town easier," she said.

"We've had some great success setting up Bindaree (aged care facilities).

"Obviously as the population gets older, we may need more of those (facilities)."

Entertainment prospects in the area are few and far between, according to local resident Jason Keable.

"We don't really have restaurants, other than a couple of fast food places," he said.

Council has long-term strategic plans for the development of community infrastructure across the region.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the council did not have plans for any tourism attractions or entertainment venues for the area.

"However, opportunities to encourage development and investment across the region are seized by councillors and groups like GAPDL when they present," she said.

Cr Sellers said a new bridge, the proposed Hoddinott Bridge, would be needed for The Sands.

"Council has committed $5 million to plan and design a second bridge over the Boyne River," Cr Sellers said.

"Council has long-term strategic plans for the development of community infrastructure across the region.

"The plans are developed to accommodate the projected growth but the actual timing and location of the infrastructure is largely dependent on the timing and design of residential developments."

Cr Sellers said listed council development plans for Tannum Sands included a Boyne Tannum Sports Park, new water reservoirs, trunk roads water and sewer reticulation.

"Funding for this infrastructure comes partly from infrastructure charges collected from the developers and the remainder is collected through general rates and utility charges," she said.

Growing swimming club struggles with small pool

GLADSTONE'S public pool is getting a $2 million children's water park but residents say the south of the city is going without.

Boyne Tannum Bullets swim club operates out of the Tannum Sands Primary School pool.

Local mum Diane Staats said they appreciated the use of the pool, but it is straining with a growing club.

"It's 20-odd years old, only a 25 metre pool and only five lanes wide," she said.

There may be a solution, with new development The Sands receiving operational works approval from the council last Thursday.

Sales manager Geoff Coleman said an Olympic sized pool was part of the plans, but could not pin down a timeframe.

"Construction is about to start on Stage 1 so that could be a year or so away," he said.

Swim coach Heidi McMahon said the need for a pool in the area was strong.

"We have kids on waiting lists. I hate having to do that, turn away kids because we don't have room," she said.

"It's not just about our club, it's about the community."

What do you think Boyne Tannum needs most?

This poll ended on 06 July 2013.

Current Results

More public transport

13%

Entertainment options

5%

More eating out options

25%

A public swimming pool

33%

A second bridge

19%

Tourist attractions

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.