Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Winton aquatic playground approaches completion

Winton aquatic playground approaches completion
September 12, 2019

Winton Shire Council has advised that a $1.7 million aquatic playground is expected to be open by the end of the month.

Having prioritised youth engagement in the town, Winton Shire Council has constructed the aquatic playground inside the swimming pool compound, jointly funded by Works for Queensland Program and Council.

Advising that the project would improve livability especially in the warmer months, Council Chief Executive Ricki Bruhn stated "with high temperatures throughout the year, the aquatic playground will provide kids with another option for recreational fun and physical activity.

"The community is really excited, and eagerly awaiting the finalisation of this project."

Bruhn explained that local children into the planning and design process, noting that Councillor Tina Elliott and Council Technical Officer, Charles Dyer last year "worked with both Winton State School and St Patrick's School children on what elements they would most like to see in a play space.

"The children were shown a range of stimulus and were able to vote with star stickers on the elements they liked the most. This was followed up with a brainstorming session - much of which formed the final design.

"(The contractor) Playscape provided beautiful renders of a Waltzing Matilda themed splash pad but Council and the children of Winton had spoken and wanted slides."

All the planning and design work was completed by March 2019 and works began onsite the first week of June.

Bruhn noted that "the plant room, filtration, disinfection and pumping equipment are all installed. The Aquatower is in place and the final plumbing is close to completion."

Commenting that the aquatic playground would be complete around 20th September before the Winton Outback Festival, Bruhn added "we hope to give local school kids the opportunity to try it out before the official opening,

"To cater for all ages the playground is also augmented with a toddler space, with half a dozen ground sprays and a rain cap mushroom."

Shade structures and outdoor furniture will also be installed before Christmas.

Images courtesy of Winton Shire Council.

Related Articles

28th August 2019 - Tamworth Regional Council votes to open two seasonal pools despite high level drought restrictions

20th April 2018 - Reopening of Outback Queensland’s Waltzing Matilda Centre set to boost tourism

5th December 2017 - ALFAQ calls for greater investment in Queensland’s public pools

27th September 2017 - Playscape Creations establishes new aquatics division

13th June 2014 - Playscape Creations take on distribution of Water Odyssey aquatic playgrounds

22nd November 2018 - Queensland Government backs outback pool upgrade

25th March 2019 - Mount Isa’s Splashez Aquatic Centre popular since reopening

22nd October 2018 - Infrastructure Fund launched for Queensland outback tourism

22nd August 2014 - Artesian spa development aims to attract visitors to outback Queensland

4th May 2015 - Outdoor seasonal pools under ongoing threats

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues



Solarwise NSW / Dolphin Tech were the first and are the largest Dolphin dealer in NSW with a full service facility and full range of spare parts "on the shelf". We also provide on site…

read more

Aquatics / Venues



Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology


Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues



revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology


Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport



Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business