Upgrades on the way for Harden pool

Steph Cooke MP with Hilltops Mayor Margaret Roles (right) and Deputy Mayor Alison Foreman (left).
Steph Cooke MP with Hilltops Mayor Margaret Roles (right) and Deputy Mayor Alison Foreman (left).

The Harden - Murrumburrah & District War Memorial Pool will soon receive much-needed upgrades through a $997,500 grant under the NSW Government's Regional Sport Facility Fund.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke made the announcement on Tuesday at the Harden - Murrumburrah & District War Memorial Pool joined by Hilltops Mayor Margaret Roles and Deputy Mayor Alison Foreman.

"The grant will go towards the upgrade and replacement of the existing filtration systems at the pool to ensure it meets the required safety standards," Ms Cooke said.

"A pool hoist will also be installed which will be a great addition to the facility to improve accessibility and encourage inclusivity.

"Given our regions climate and natural surroundings, it is important that all residents in our small towns and villages have a fit-for-purpose place to cool off and learn foundational swimming skills."

Hilltops Council General Manager Anthony O'Reilly said the upgrades will improve the standard of the facility and will provide the Hilltops community with a safe pool for swimming and recreation.

"The pool is an important social space that has connectivity with several other facilities in the area such as the Harden caravan park, nearby BBQ facilities, and direct access from the main highway," Mr O'Reilly said.

"The installation of the Pelican Pool Hoist will provide inclusive access to community members and visitors of all mobility levels."

The Hilltops Council is among 41 regional NSW organisations to share in more than $24 million for new and upgraded sports facilities in Round 2 of the Fund.

This latest announcement for the Harden - Murrumburrah & District War Memorial Pool is one in a series of grants for swimming pools in the Hilltops Council Local Government Area including a total of $2,892,962 for upgrades to the Young Aquatic Centre funded under Round 1 of the Stronger Communities Fund and Round 2 and 3 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Regional Sport Facility Fund had provided more than $49 million over two years to increase participation and promote healthy lifestyles, with 41 sporting organisations successful in Round 2.

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