The Griffith community will soon be in the fast lane with the official opening of the new 50-metre pool at Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre.
The project was funded through a $10 million grant from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, one of 21 projects in regional NSW sharing in $100 million in sports infrastructure funding.
The pool is part of Stage 1 of the $26.5 million Griffith Regional Sports Precinct project which includes upgrades to Westend Oval and the Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre.
The project has been supported with a $4.5 million grant from the NSW Nationals in the federal government’s Building Better Regions Fund and $12 million from Griffith City Council.
NSW Nationals Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke said Griffith Regional Sports Precinct would provide a world-class sport and recreation venue for people of all abilities.
“Swimming is such an important skill not only for safety but for enjoying a healthy lifestyle. The Griffith Regional Sports Precinct will provide facilities that will both support our elite local athletes to achieve their best and enable local residents to improve their health and wellbeing,” Ms Cooke said.
“While this project has a long term boost for the community, there are also many current benefits currently with local jobs created during the construction of the pool and more to be generated throughout the Griffith Regional Sports Precinct project.”
Building better communities
The Griffith Regional Sports Precinct project is an example of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s commitment to improving the quality and quantity of sports facilities in regional NSW.
The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund invests in projects that ensure regional NSW has a network of spaces and places that enable participation in sport and recreation at all levels. High-quality sports facilities like those being built as part of the Griffith Regional Sports Precinct will encourage participation, performance, health and wellbeing across the community.
Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi thanked the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments for the contributions, along with staff and the contractors for assisting to bring this project to reality.
“I think we can all agree that the new 50m pool is a valuable asset to our community,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“The facility has been welcomed by all and has been extremely well used by residents, visitors, schools and the swim club, and will create opportunities for swimming activities and events into the future.
“Thank you to everyone involved in this project and I look forward to seeing the rest of the sports precinct completed.”