St George turns up the heat with the opening of new BATHS
GET READY to make a splash as St George is set to welcome swimmers this weekend.
After months of planning, construction and testing, the new Balonne Artesian Thermal Hot Springs (BATHS) will be open to the public.
The Balonne Shire Council is inviting the whole to community to come and join the celebrations at a free Family Fun Day at the St George Pool on Sunday December 8.
Funded by a $750,000 grant from the Queensland Government's Works for Queensland program, the new thermal pool features artesian spring water heated to 34 degrees which is reputed to have healing properties.
"The BATHS would be used by the whole community, as well as growing the town's attraction as a tourism destination," Mayor Richard Marsh said.
"This facility will put St George on the outback thermal springs trail and will not only entice visitors to dip their toes in the warm western waters but will also provide some therapeutic aid for our locals.
"It'll be beneficial for older people who don't want to go into a big pool and do laps as they'll be able to get some low-impact exercise with a ramp and rail to access the warm waters.
"During the colder months, the new facility will provide locals and visitors alike with a safe, healthy way to warm up and relax."
Gates will open at 9am and the dedication ceremony, with the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, will commence at 9.30am
Following the dedication there will be free activities running until 12pm for the whole family to enjoy, including an open swim and demonstrations, jumping castle, face painting, barbecue, drinks and ice-cream.
Admission and all activities are free.