Grenfell Aquatic Centre receives a funding boost of $950k

A NSW Government funding splash will help overhaul Grenfell's new state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre and deliver a healthy boost for the community, Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has announced.

Katrina, along with Deputy Premier of NSW John Barilaro visited the Grenfell Aquatic Centre site last Tuesday, July 18, to make the announcement to the Grenfell community in person.

Weddin Shire Mayor Clr Mark Liebich said “Council welcomes the announcement that Weddin Shire will receive $950,000 to complete the new aquatic centre amenities block.

General Manager Glenn Carroll, Deputy Premier of NSW John Barilaro, Weddin Shire Mayor Mark Liebich, Director of Environmental Services Brendan Hayes and Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson.

General Manager Glenn Carroll, Deputy Premier of NSW John Barilaro, Weddin Shire Mayor Mark Liebich, Director of Environmental Services Brendan Hayes and Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson.

“With Council’s prior planning this means that the project will be completed for the 2017/18 swimming season. 

“Id like to thank the community for all of the letters and phone calls to the office of Minister for Club Grants Paul Toole,  this is great news for the Weddin Shire.” added Mayor Liebich.

"The project has been made possible through Liquor & Gaming NSW's Clubgrants infrastructure funding which supports new and upgraded sport and recreation facilities in local communities across NSW.” said Katrina.

"The government has partnered with Weddin Shire Council to deliver this $1.45 million project to replace hired demountable structures with modern functional buildings. When a new 50m six lane pool and activities pool were recently installed, the old dilapidated structures were demolished to be replaced with the temporary buildings." Katrina said.

Members of the community who were in attendance for the announcement were treated to a tour of the complex by Weddin Shire Director of Environmental Services Brendan Hayes.

The modern new aquatic centre will feature a 50m, six lane olympic size pool, a toddler splash pad as well as a training pool, shade covers, storage rooms and now, with the funding boost, a new, modern amenities block that will be well utilised for residents of the Weddin Shire and surrounds for many, many years to come.

The plans for the new amenities block are extensive with all aspects of the building to include quality state-of-the-art fixtures, the block will extend from the eastern boundary to the entrance on the western boundary.

Works continuing on site over the past month include: Plant room walls poured, installation of filters in plant room, drainage to southern and western concourses, shade posts erected, blinding slab for seated area, splash pad toys being placed, earthworks to Forbes Street and rear grassed area.

The aquatic centre construction is progressing right on target for the estimated completion date and with the announcement of the grant funding, the use of hired temporary demountable buildings for the amenities block will no longer be required.

The new aquatic centre features a 50m, 6 lane olympic pool as well as a toddler splash pad and a training pool.

The new aquatic centre features a 50m, 6 lane olympic pool as well as a toddler splash pad and a training pool.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project was one of 11 across NSW funded from the Clubgrants Category 3 sport and recreation fund in 2016/17. The grants are funded through a rebate on the State's registered clubs' gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.

The project completion date is estimated to be November 2017.

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