Warm up with the Heat Pump Update

Most Warwick locals have used the WIRAC pools over the years, be it for school carnivals, lap swimming, hydrotherapy, aquarobics, or simply a fun outing for the family. Like everything else, we turn up and do what we came to do without thinking about all the behind-the-scenes activity that keeps things running.

Over the past seven months, there’s been a lot going on that the average pool user may or may not have noticed.

Southern Downs Regional Council approved an $812,000 project in October 2018 to update the aging and inefficient pool plant. The project improved pool heating, air handling, ventilation, and heat recovery with the goal to improve efficiency and “future proof” the site. Most of the pool plant is now automated, which reduces problems and frees up staff time.

The project is now complete and all locals can benefit from:

  • A completely new and separate plant room for the hydrotherapy pool, including magnesium water sanitation, pool heating and air circulation
  • 5 new electric heat pumps for the main pool – saving SDRC $80,000 annually due to impending removal of gas
  • Commercial air handling for the aquatic hall. This complies with industry and health and safety standards resulting in improved air quality.

Most people won’t notice much difference visually, but new modern equipment means better efficiency, more reliable management of water heating and air-con, reduced use of pool chemicals and consumables, and a healthier environment.

By managing this huge project internally, significant savings were made on the original budget and so other areas of WIRAC have seen the benefit:

  • Hydrotherapy area: painting, and new flooring, roof and lighting
  • 24/7 Gym: carpet, air-con and heating, refurbished equipment
  • New functional fitness area created on the stadium concourse: carpet, functional training rack and equipment
  • Stadium: new carpet tiles for special events and functions, new floor washer
  • Centre: new hot water services, including restricted washers to improve water efficiency, and a second defibrillation unit
  • Improved efficiency overall for the Centre, saving money and time.

With all the updates and winter making it hard to summon up the willpower to get out and get active, why not pop in and let us help you get moving on your health and fitness goals. There is something for everyone.



What’s Happening at WIRAC over February 2020

So the festive season has come and gone as has the New Year celebrations. It is back to reality for most of us with school commencing, back to work and no more holidays for a while. That being said, the team at WIRAC have come up with the Fitness (and fun) February which has a wide range of activities to keep you active, fit and healthy and provides the opportunity to meet some people and make new friends.

The big news is that we have brought back the 6 week Shred Challenge (New Year, New You SHRED) which was a huge success late last year. For just $99 you can compete to win a great cash prize and lose weight/tone up. Available for members and non-members.

There is loads of FREE STUFF as well including FREE Swimming Squad sessions, FREE Badminton, FREE Metafit classes and FREE Aqua Aerobic classes – note some t&c’s do apply.

Cancer Survivor Program returns, as does the Active Youth Program and our Wednesday nite Rockwall, Aussie Hoops Basketball, Netball and Futsal.

And if you have some friends who are just not sure what to do, then they can come and try the Y for just $20 for 20 days (t&c’s apply: only one voucher per person, should be new users only, must be 18yrs and above. Available for 20 consecutive days once started – must commence by 3 March 2020. Does not allow 24/7 access. Participants can use the pool, the gym and group fitness). No refunds available on this offer.

For more info give WIRAC a call on 4661 7955.

For more information on any of these events or any of our activities, please call the Centre on 4661 7955 or find us on Facebook here. WIRAC is the Southern Downs one-stop destination for family fitness, sports activities and quality aquatic education!

The Centre hours for 8th October onwards POST school holidays are as follows:

Monday to Friday - 5:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Main Pool:
Monday to Friday - 5:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 10am-5pm

*Please be aware our pool is closed during School Swimming Carnivals which include:
Thursday 6th Feb 8:30am – 3pm
Friday 7th Feb 8:30am – 3pm
Tuesday 11th Feb 8:30am – 3pm
Thursday 13th Feb 9am – 1pm
Thursday 20th Feb 5pm – 8:30pm
Monday 24th Feb 9am – 2pm
Also note Aqua Aerobic classes will be cancelled on these days.
Please call reception for updates/further details on 4661 7955

*Operating Hours subject to change at WIRAC's discretion


29 Palmerin St, Warwick
4370 QLD

PH: (07) 4661 7955
FAX: (07) 4661 7950
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