The iconic Braidwood Memorial Pool has received $1 million in funding from the NSW Government to move ahead with stage one of major upgrades including modern change rooms, heating and a kiosk makeover.
The pool was originally opened in 1966 as a memorial for Australians who fought in World War II, and it opens seasonally between November and March.
Upgrade work will take place in two stages. The second stage will involve a pool reconfiguration, plant room update and gym, but it is currently unfunded.
Construction of the first stage is expected to start in March 2021, but stage two will not progress unless funds become available, according to Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC).
Back in the 2016/2017 season, the pool was leaking up to 25,000 litres a day. It was eventually plugged, reducing leakage to 5000 litres a day.
QPRC is currently working on resealing and re-tiling the pool.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said the money to repair the pool would provide a perennial benefit to the Braidwood community.
“This funding will go a long way to providing Braidwood and surrounding communities with the pool they deserve,” he said.
“The community has worked incredibly hard to progress this project and I look forward to everyone enjoying the facility when the upgrades are complete.”
NSW Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the pool has become a staple for the community.
“The Braidwood Memorial Pool is a much-loved and important centre for sport and recreation in Braidwood and its surrounds,” he said. “However, the facilities are in major need of a makeover.
“This funding will allow a range of upgrades to take place, including the installation of solar heating. The community will be able to enjoy all that the pool has to offer for a much longer period.”
The first stage will upgrade the change rooms and kiosks, with disability and family-friendly facilities replacing the current change rooms which are not enclosed.
The kiosk could potentially become a year-round facility, with QPRC exploring the option of servicing the adjacent Ryrie Park and it’s recently upgraded playground.