The role country swimming pools play in strengthening communities will be further enhanced with $13.2million allocated over four years for the maintenance and upgrades of regional pools.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron today said he was pleased to announce the commencement of the State Government’s Community Pool Revitalisation Program.
“Eligible regional local governments which operate a public aquatic centre can apply for up to $30,000 a year per aquatic centre to go towards centre maintenance, upgrades, purchase of pool equipment and staff training,” Mr Waldron said.
“Aquatic centres are a central hub for not only recreation, learning, exercise and rehabilitation but also socialising. In fact, in remote communities there is evidence that regular visits to the town pool has contributed to reduced chronic disease and improved educational and social outcomes for residents.”
In addition to recreation opportunities, public pools are the venue for swimming lessons, including in-term and vacation swimming classes, teaching children and adults about water safety and survival techniques.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the funds were made possible through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
“We are committed to providing quality sporting and recreational facilities for regional communities across the State,” Mr Redman said.
There will be one funding round a year and grants can be spent on improvements including flood lighting and heating, swim instructor training, the purchase of pool equipment such as lane ropes or maintenance on the facility.
Applications are now open and will close on Friday, August 15, 2014.
Sport and Recreation Minister’s office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700