Bombala and Cooma Pools are set to benefit from more than $1.9 million, thanks to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the extra funding would assist Snowy Monaro Regional Council in delivering the much needed improvements to both the Cooma Festival Swimming Pool and the Bombala Swimming Pool.
“These two pools are incredibly popular in the community and I know everybody loves heading down to the local watering hole for exercise, some fun with the kids or friends, or just for a leisurely swim,” Mr Barilaro said.
“In 2018 I announced more than $3 million to ensure both the Cooma and Bombala swimming pools could operate all year round, allowing residents to get down and enjoy the pools whenever they would like to despite the weather.
“Anyone who has experienced a winter in the Monaro would appreciate the need for a heated indoor pool, and this extra funding will allow us to fully enclose the pool as well as the installation of new mechanical ventilation plants and ductwork.
“Year-round access will allow residents to more easily fit physical activity into their daily lives, particularly in the cooler months. Our swim clubs are thrilled by the news, with the covers expected to boost participation, while improving swim safety at the same time.”
Nationals Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health and local MLC Bronnie Taylor said the additional funding was a huge win for the communities of Bombala and Cooma.
“I am an avid user of the Cooma Festival Swimming Pool, so I’m really excited that the NSW Government is able to help deliver the facilities the community deserves,” Mrs Taylor said.
“It is so important we teach our children water confidence and safety skills and by making sure the local pools can be used every day of the year, we are ensuring our young people have the opportunity to learn those essential skills.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council will receive $981,680 to complete the Cooma Pool upgrade and $1,010,881 for Bombala Pool thanks to the Stronger Country Communities Fund with funding to be used to support the construction of new pool enclosures.