Inverell Shire Council has entered the final leg in its race to secure funding for a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of Inverell Aquatic Centre, following the announcement of a $5 million State Government grant, with Inverell Shire Deputy Mayor Kate Dight, left, Inverell Swimming Club members Casey Brabant, Tayla Brabant, Inverell Shire Council’s Director Civil & Environmental Services Brett McInnes, Mayor Paul Harmon, Senior’s Water Exercise participant Betty Rainger, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Carolyn Grills, Jane Kinnear, Jocelyn Gillan, Lorraine Bell and Matilda Oliver.
Wednesday, 29 June 2022
INVERELL Shire Council has entered the final leg in its race to construct a brand new multi-million-dollar aquatic centre, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall yesterday announcing a $5 million State Government grant for the international standard project.
The grant has been awarded through the State Government’s Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.
Mr Marshall said the grant propelled council and the community toward its goal of constructing the $25.7 million complex.
“This redevelopment will see Inverell Aquatic Centre crowned the premier competitive swimming facility in country NSW,” Mr Marshall said.
“Meticulous planning has gone into getting this project over the line, with council driven to renew the existing 60-year-old pool facilities so they meet the requirements of modern-day competition.
“Council plans to do a lot with its $25.7 million, including the delivery of a FINA compliant 50 metre competition pool, with the winterisation features of a permanent roof over the shallow end and a large ‘door’ opening to enable the northern, shallow end 25m segment of the pool to be enclosed during winter months.
“Younger swimmers will also be catered for with warm water indoor program pool, indoor zero depth water play equipment and adjacent toddlers pool.
“The dated foyer area will be modernised with new front of house facilities including renovated reception and café area.
“This project will ensure Inverell Aquatic Centre can continue delivering a high-quality training and competition venue for another 50 years.”
Inverell Shire Mayor Paul Harmon said it was fantastic the State Government had recognised the case put forward for the project.
“The State Government’s partnership is critical for council in delivering this development of a new aquatic centre for the community,” Cr Harmon said.
“This is upgrade has the potential to increase the pools usage three-fold to 116,434 patrons a year, injecting thousands of dollars into the local visitor economy annually through competitions and events.”
Further information on the Inverell Aquatic Centre redevelopment can be found at www.inverell.nsw.gov.au/community/inverell-aquatic-centre-redevelopment/