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Community & Business

3 February, 2022

New amenities coming for Gilgandra pool

The Gilgandra Swimming Pool will soon become more accessible, and home to newly upgraded women’s toilets and change room facilities.

By Emily Middleton

The upgrades are aimed at making the pool a more attractive option for people during summer.

A $150,000 grant was allocated from the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and minister for western NSW, Dugald Saunders, visited the pool recently to announce the funding.

“A lot of the infrastructure at Gilgandra Pool is decades old and in need of renewal, so it’s great to help Gilgandra Shire Council turn its plans into reality,” said Mr Saunders.

“An upgrade of the female toilet and change room facilities has been identified as a priority by the council, as has a need to provide better access to the pool for the entire community, and I’m proud to partner with council to ensure it happens.”

Gilgandra Shire Council mayor Doug Batten has also welcomed the funding.

“It gets so hot out here in summer and the pool is a real focal point for the youth and families in Gilgandra, but some of the amenities had well-and-truly passed their used-by date,” he said.

“While it’s great that we have the river in town, we also have a responsibility to the town to keep kids out of it due to the safety hazards it presents so we’re always looking at ways to upgrade the facility and this funding will allow us to do just that,” said mayor Batten.

Five local projects have received funding worth a total of more than $775,000, from round four of the Stronger Country Community Fund including:

• An upgrade to Gilgandra Gym and Youth Club toilets, showers and bathroom facilities,

• New female home and away change room facilities for McGrane Oval,

• Funds towards the CBD, and

• And the replacement of a dilapidated toilet block at Tooraweenah showground.

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