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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The communities of Cooma and Bombala will soon be able to enjoy local pools all year long, with the Member for Monaro John Barilaro today announcing the NSW Government will fully enclose the Cooma and Bombala swimming pools.

Mr Barilaro joined swimmers and local teams at the pools this week to announce over $3 million in funding to complete the projects.

“Everybody loves getting down to the pool for a bit of exercise, some fun with the kids or with friends, or just for a leisurely swim, but the trip to the pool is always dictated by the weather,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Today’s announcement means Cooma and Bombala swimming pools will soon be open year-round, allowing residents to get down and enjoy the pools whenever they would like to.

“Anyone who has gone through a winter in the Monaro will appreciate a heated indoor pool, and I’m thrilled to be funding these projects.

“The local pool is more than a hole full of water, it really is a community focal point, allowing locals to come together to enjoy a swim while getting some exercise and participating in a healthy lifestyle.

“Year-round access will allow residents to fit physical activity into their daily lives, eliminating barriers to regular exercise, particularly in winter. Our swim clubs are thrilled by the news, with the covers expected to boost participation, while improving swim safety at the same time.”

The Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW, Bronnie Taylor MLC joined Mr Barilaro for the announcement.

“It’s so exciting that people, especially our local children, will now have the opportunity to be better swimmers, and to learn how to be safer in the water, but most of all, it provides a place for people in our community to meet, to have fun, and to be active,” Mrs Taylor said.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney thanked Mr Barilaro for the funding on behalf of the Snowy Monaro community.

“Our somewhat erratic Snowy Mountains weather can limit our summer swim season, disappointing patrons and placing financial pressure on facility management,” Mr Rooney said.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Mr Barilaro to deliver these projects for our communities.”

Mr Barilaro said the existing Cooma pool roof structure will be removed, and both pools will see new pool enclosures erected, as well as the installation of new mechanical ventilation plants and ductwork.