The Tobruk Memorial Baths on The Strand have re-opened following an $11.3 million redevelopment.

Acting Mayor Mark Molachino said the redeveloped complex included new 50-metre, learn-to-swim and toddler pools as well as an updated filtration system, new shade structures, and refurbished facilities.

“The re-opening of the baths is great news for swimming enthusiasts as well as the wider Townsville community,” Cr Molachino said.

“Since the project kicked off in August last year, the community has watched as this much-loved piece of community infrastructure has been re-born.

“The baths have served our community since the 1950s and now they’re ready to serve for another 50 years.”

The project was undertaken by local contractor Jackson+Semler and supported more than 120 jobs.

An additional focus of the project was to enhance access to the facilities for people with disabilities.

Division 3 councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the new 50-meter and learn-to-swim pools include disability ramps and a new disability change room is the first adult change facility of its kind in the region.

“The disability change room includes a mobility hoist and an adult-sized adjustable change table,” Cr Greaney said.

“It also has a central toilet and an automatic door so it is easily accessible for people who need wheelchairs, walkers or walking sticks and carers, which is a great enhancement to the facility.

“Like so many others in the community, I have watched with keen interest as the project was undertaken and it’s so exciting to finally get the facility re-opened again.

“The re-opening was made all the more special with Chris Bell swimming the ceremonial first lap.

“Chris trained for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics at Tobruk Pool. He also taught a lot of locals to swim so I was thrilled to organize for him to be involved in the re-opening.” #ends

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