Borroloola is a remote Community located to the east of Arnhem Land on the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Community is located not far from the McArthur River Mine site which is operated by Xstrata.
As is often the case the children and young adults in the Community swam in the crocodile infested waters of the McArthur River and the Community Elders were extremely concerned to provide a safer swimming environment. Xstrata and the Community approached SWPS to design a facility which met the learn to swim and recreational needs of the Indigenous population.
In 2007 SWPS submitted a design for a 25m pool and toddlers pool. The Xstrata group took responsibility for the project management and construction of the facility but engaged SWPS to supply and install the more technical aquatic elements of the project.
Borroloola Swimming Centre is now an important part of the local Community. Children now have a place where they can play safely and where they can experience swimming competitions and other social benefits which many parts of Australia take for granted.