The Narromine Aquatic Centre is set to make a splash after it was announced the council would receive $300,000 to build a learn-to-swim pool for the community.
Racing Minister Paul Toole was in Narromine on Friday to announce the NSW Government’s contribution to the project under the NSW government Clubgrants fund.
Narromine Shire Council Recreational Services Supervisor Lyndall Smedley said the new multi-use pool will provide the community with a safe, fun and accessible environment to learn to swim.
“The funding is in conjunction with other funding we’ve received, so it’s delivering a project which will see a child splash back as well as a child's learn to swim pool in the same precinct,” Ms Smedley said.
“It will allow both kids swimming programs, hydrotherapy programs aqua aerobics and other programs to be started at the Narromine pool.”
President of the Macquarie Yabbies swim club Kerry Roberts said the investment into the pool is a fantastic win for the community.
“I think any investment in learn to swim facilities is a great opportunity for the community,” Ms Roberts said.
At the end of the day its all about saving lives, and it’s great to see the investment particularly in a rural community.- Macquarie Yabbies swim club President, Kerry Roberts
She said the learn to swim pool will help families develop their basic water skills and stroke techniques.
“It’s there to build up people’s confidence with swimming, and then later if they want to go into further swimming they certainly can,” Ms Roberts said.
“But at the end of the day its all about saving lives, and it’s great to see the investment particularly in a rural community,” she said.
Ms Smedley said she believes the new learn to swim pool will turn the Aquatic Centre into an impressive precinct for Narromine.
“We’re so lucky to have an Olympic pool and now when we introduce these other elements we can encourage all communities to come here,” she said.
“Its really going to be a space where people can come and hang out no matter your age and there will be something here for you to do.”
The project is due to commence in winter 2019 and is anticipated to be ready for the 2019/20 summer season.