Inverell Shire Council has entered the final leg in its race to construct a brand new multi-million-dollar aquatic centre, with a $5 million contribution from the NSW Nationals in the state government to the ambitious international standard project.
Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, said it was a huge pleasure to announce the funding, which has been awarded through the State Government’s Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.
“This redevelopment will see Inverell Aquatic Centre crowned the premier competitive swimming facility in country NSW,” Mr Marshall said.
“Meticulous planning has gone into getting this project over the line, with council driven to renew the existing 60-year-old pool facilities so they meet the requirements of modern-day competition.”
The council’s $25.7 million rebuild of the aquatic complex includes the delivery of a FINA-compliant 50 metre competition pool, with a permanent roof over the shallow end and a large ‘door’ enabling the 25 metre shallow end to be enclosed during the Winter months.
Younger swimmers will also be catered for with a warm water indoor program pool, indoor zero depth water play equipment, and adjacent toddlers pool.
The foyer area will be modernised with new front-of-house facilities including renovated reception and café area.
This project will ensure Inverell Aquatic Centre can continue delivering a high-quality training and competition venue for another 50 years.
“I cannot wait to see this long-awaited aquatic dream turn into reality for Inverell,” Mr Marshall said.