Things will be warming up at Tumut Swimming Pool next season after $204,000 of State Government funding for it was announced on Tuesday.
Snowy Valleys Council had applied for the funding through round two of the government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The money will be spent on regulating the temperature the pool with a gas booster, thermal covers and solar panels.
It is part of the $700, 000 of state government funding announced for projects in Tumut, Gilmore and Talbingo, by Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor and Wagga Wagga MLC Wes Fang on Tuesday.
The heating measures are due to be up and running in time for next swimming season.
To say pool manager Narelle Buckingham is happy about it would be putting it mildly.
“I’m so excited I’m ready to cry,” she said.
“I’ve been here for 25 years and it’s the best news I’ve ever heard.
“It will be a different pool environment for all of us.
“We have a deeper pool here than the others in the shire; it is 3.6 metres at the deepest part, which means it takes longer to heat. It hasn’t got over a 23.5C this season, and this affects our numbers.
“It’s not just the kids in our learn to swim classes, but also the older generation of people who use the ramp. They need to be comfortable, so we need to have the right temperature. Even for our lappers it has been too cold. This is going to make our aqua classes much more enjoyable.”
Tumut Swimming Club coach Max Hargreaves, who has been involved with the club for the best part of 50 years, is similarly pleased.
“We have needed this for a long time and to have it happen while I’m still alive is unbelievable,” he said.
“The pool is absolutely freezing early in the season for kids and the general public. This will open up the pool to everyone and we’ll have a longer season.”