Coffs Harbour’s War Memorial Olympic Pool will undergo significant improvements with NSW Nationals’ funding of $797,308 from Round Five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Nationals’ Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has congratulated the City of Coffs Harbour on its successful application to fund a heating upgrade.
“This important community project will see Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool upgraded to provide heated pools available all year round,” Mr Singh said.
“The 50m pool gets a heating system while the 25m indoor pool’s current heat pump will be upgraded.
“The facility is used extensively for sporting, recreational and health and wellbeing outcomes and the heating upgrade will mean an extended swimming season, with the ability to run programs such as learn-to swim, squad training, therapy sessions and aqua fitness all year.”
City of Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Paul Amos said: “Both these pools are hugely popular and well-loved facilities that offer great social and sporting opportunities for people of all ages and all abilities.
“The heating upgrade will mean we can offer an extended swimming season, the ability to run the regular program of activities like learn-to-swim, squad training, therapy sessions and aqua fitness all year and there’ll be much less crowding of the 25m pool in the traditional off-season.
“Being able to offer a heated Olympic-sized pool all year round – in such a great location – also opens the doors to the hosting of key local and regional events. This is great news.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said in the past five years the Stronger Country Communities Fund had delivered more than 2000 grassroots projects, benefitting every Local Government Area in regional NSW.
“We all know how important it is for communities to have great places to come together to build social connections and boost their wellbeing through sport or community events,” Mr Toole said.