Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, right, congratulates Glen Innes Severn Mayor Steve Toms on the opening of the refurbished aquatic centre today after unveiling the plaque.
Glen Innes Severn Council General Manager, Hein Basson, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Mayor Steve Toms, Cr Col Price and aquatic centre manager Kevin Watts at the opening today.
Wednesday 1 March 2017
SUMMER may be winding down – but the newly redeveloped and heated Glen Innes Pool will likely keep drawing visitors looking to check out a newly completed major refit.
The NSW Government provided a $1.4 millionlow interest loan to Glen Innes Severn Council to assist upgrades to the Aquatic Centre – which saw a new toddlers play pool installed, the old 33 metre pool rains formed into a new 25 metre pool and a seven metre hydrotherapy pool and new change room facilities.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, who officially opened the refreshed aquatic centre today, said the upgrade works were very impressive and a credit to the vision and quality workmanship of Glen Innes Severn Council.
“Glen Innes has a colder climate – so heating is a necessity,” Mr Marshall said.
“Visitors can also look forward to new filtration, better wind and sun protection as well as a new spectacular water play area where the wading pool once sat”
“The pool is an important social, recreational and sporting hub for any regional town during the summer months, so it’s a valuable investment from state and local governments.”
The NSW Government offers low interest loans to councils to allow them to undertake works outside of their capital works budget, at a reduced cost to ratepayers.
“Through the state government’s considerable low interest loan, ratepayers will save substantially when held up against a comparable investment from the private sector”
Perhaps the most dramatic change is in the pool’s size. The large pool has been split into two, providing different opportunities and uses for the community.
Glen Innes Severn Mayor Steve Toms said the pool was barely recognisable.
“This is a major renovation to what was a 1950’s pool,” Cr Toms said.
“It’s given us a 25 metre standard pool and a seven metre learn to swim utility pool, which will help with learners and those in rehabilitation”
“Before we had a 33 yard pool, which was no longer a standard – it was really neither one thing nor another. This will help kids who are travelling for sport, and also those who are coming here”