A new FINA standard 50 metre swimming pool, indoor hydrotherapy pool, waterslide, toddler’s pool and a totally refurbished and enclosed 25 metre pool are just some of the stand-out features of Broken Hill’s new aquatic centre.
This new $11 million complex provides Broken Hill with one of the best aquatic facilities in regional Australia. Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean said the opening today is the realisation of a community dream to turn a local play centre pool into a competition standard aquatic centre.
“This new aquatic centre is a tremendous sporting and recreational facility for Broken Hill,” Mr Crean said. “Australia is a passionate sporting nation and having access to quality facilities encourages people of all ages to make sport and being active an important part of their lives.
“The eight lane 50 metre swimming pool is ready for competitive swimming and training the champions of tomorrow. Under the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program almost $5 million was invested in this project which employed about 80 people during the construction phase.
NSW Senator Ursula Stephens, who officiated at the opening ceremony, said that the drive and energy of the Broken Hill community, including raising $100,000 through a Telethon, was inspirational.
“Whether it’s taking part in learn to swim classes, competing in swimming carnivals or swimming for pleasure, I’m sure this facility will be extremely popular with locals and visitors to the region,” Senator Stephens said.
The Australian Government is acting decisively and working with local communities to support jobs and improve local infrastructure into the future.
The more than $1.1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is building significant local infrastructure such as the Broken Hill Aquatic Centre across Australia.