The Western Australian Government has invested $750,000 towards redeveloping Exmouth’s Paltridge Memorial Swimming Pool to bring the facility up to current Australian Standards, which will include a new pump room.
Western Australian Sport and Recreation Minister, Mick Murray, announced the approved funding through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).
“The Paltridge Memorial Swimming Pool plays a vital role in encouraging physical activity and belonging in the Exmouth community,” Mr Murray said.
“As the only public swimming pool within a 370km radius of the town it gets a lot of use by a number of community groups and this is a welcome refurbishment made possible by the McGowan Government.”
The facility is home to a six-lane, 50m swimming pool and a children’s pool. While it is well utilised by the Exmouth community, the 1966 swimming pool is in need of an upgrade to bring the facility up to current standards.
As part of the refurbishment, a new pump room, wet decks and disability access will also be installed with the aim of improving the amenity of the facility and upgrading the pipework.
The facility is key to the Exmouth District High School physical education program, as well as VacSwim classes and specialised water activities for seniors.
Western Australian Mining and Pastoral Region MLC, Kyle McGinn, said, “This is a fantastic announcement from the Minister and I am very pleased to see this project come to life.
“Learning to swim, in a safe environment, is a very important skill to gain, and helps keep our kids safe. The facility will also cater to high school students, local seniors and anyone with access needs; ensuring the whole community can enjoy this wonderful facility.”
The redevelopment was made possible by the State Government’s $750,000 CSRFF grant, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Additional funding was provided by the Shire of Exmouth.