Collie residents will be able to swim during the winter for the first time next year as a result of the State Government’s $250,000 plan to heat the town pool, South-West Minister Mark McGowan said today.
Handing over the last progress payment of $129,517 to the Collie Shire Council, Mr McGowan said the State was delivering improved facilities for the community of Collie.
“The heating of the swimming pool has been a great community effort, with many members of the public and businesses dedicating their time and effort to assist the shire,” he said.
The Minister said the State Government had provided a total of $250,000 to fund the project as part of a 2001 election commitment.
“The Gallop Government is committed to improving services for all Western Australians, particularly in the regions,” he said.
Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray said the heating units would allow Collie residents to use the pool during the cold winter months.
“The Collie Miners Memorial Swimming Pool is very popular during summer but has to be closed over winter because it is too cold,” he said.
“Now the water will be warm enough to swim in for most of the year.
“Swimming is an excellent sport for keeping fit and improving your health and well-being.
“The Collie community has wanted this for a long time, and I am pleased to see the State Government has delivered on its promise.”
The pumps have been purchased and the shire council is currently selecting a supplier to install them.
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