Sawtell Pool to receive much needed upgrade

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight and Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan with the plans for Sawtell Pool.

 

CLOUDS couldn’t keep away Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan and Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight as they attended Sawtell Pool to make the official announcement of a much needed upgrade.

The funds are part of the Building Better Regions Fund and are a welcome boost to the pool which has been a part of the Sawtell community for 37 years.

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From swimming lessons to pool parties, not many families and community members wouldn’t have used the pool over the years and all are set to benefit from the funding announcement.

It has been recognised that the pool needs significant work to bring it to standard.

The upgrade will be to the tune of $7,854,102.

“The Sawtell Pool has been a source of connectivity and fun for our community for the last thirty seven years, and is so deserving of this upgrade.

“The new modernised complex will ensure the pool continues this legacy for many years to come,” Mr Conaghan said.

“In recognition of the fact that modern aquatic activities and community expectations have evolved over time, the upgrade will include a new 25-metre, eight-lane main pool, 10-metre learn-to-swim pool, and an interactive splash zone for kids of all ages and abilities.

“Importantly, accessibility to the pool will be significantly improved, with a specialised pool lane that provides ramp access as well as the traditional steps and pool.”

Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Denise Knight said the announcement is great news and a vitally important one for the Coffs Coast community.

“Council has worked tirelessly with the Government in order to pull this important project together.

“This will be a fantastic complex our whole community can enjoy,” Cr Knight said.

“There will be a new modern building with an undercover multifunctional space, terrace seating adjacent to the pool, large grassed areas, picnic shelter and BBQ, and lighting to encourage night time use.”

The Federal Government is providing $3,927,351, with Coffs Harbour City Council matching the funding.

This has been provided through Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund.

 

By Sandra MOON

 

 

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