Multicultural Swim Program Remains Afloat Alongside Announcement Of Logan Pool Upgrade

Logan is a proud multicultural city and a recently announced swim program for the regions culturally diverse will benefit thousands.

The 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics census reported that 27.9 percent of residents in Logan City were born overseas, and 18.1 percent of the population speak a language other than English at home.

The swim program will look to teach another 3900 young people from diverse cultural backgrounds to swim through the Aqua English Project, a community-based initiative which has received $120,000 funding through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program.

The water safety project has proven successful, having already benefited over 34,000 Queenslanders of all ages
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Charis Mullen commented on the importance of programs like the Aqua English Project.

“If you live in Queensland, then knowing how to swim is a must,” she said.

“However, we recognise some young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities have not had the chance to be exposed to swimming activities.

“The ‘Empowered to Swim’ program will teach them how to safely enjoy our wonderful lifestyle in Queensland in and around beaches, rivers and pools.”

State Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman threw her support behind the program also.

“Ensuring young Queenslanders feel confident in and around water is absolutely crucial.

“Building more inclusive programs to support the next generation of Queenslanders is invaluable.”

One facility which will assist the program has been just announced to receive a large upgrade, in one of the Logan region’s most popular aquatic centres, the Beenleigh Pool on Alamein Street.

When reopened a brand new 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool will be the centrepiece of the new facility.

The new pool will replace the current six-lane pool which is 33-and-a-third yards long and opened in September 1964, a clear sign of the need for the upgrade.

All recognised competition swimming is now in metres, with the new pool being suitable to host official competitions and swim training, while also providing recreational swimmers with the perfect place to enjoy all year-round with the pool being heated.

When completed, the centre will also feature a large water play area, modern and accessible changerooms, multipurpose rooms, shaded outdoor seating and a kiosk, with the centre carpark to be improved in the plans.

Newly elected City of Logan Mayor Jon Raven said Council was proud to deliver another modern swimming facility.

“This is just one way we are transforming Logan to better serve our growing communities,” Cr Raven said.

“Locals want affordable ways to stay active and spend time with their families – and I’m proud we are delivering that.”

Division 12 Councillor Karen Murphy said Beenleigh pool had served the local community well for almost 60 years, but it was time for a new era at the facility.

“The pool has been a well-used venue where people of all ages could discover and develop their love of swimming,” Cr Murphy said.

“We are looking forward to seeing that connection continue at this spacious new facility, which will cater to everyone from competitive lap swimmers and school swim carnivals to our smallest children just looking for a fun splash around.”

The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre upgrade is expected to be complete in 2025 with the indoor pool to remain open to the public while works are completed.

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