Western Australia increases grant funding for regional pools
Regional swimming pools in Western Australia are to benefit from an increase in funding under the Community Pools Revitalisation Program.
Western Australian Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies has announced that grants will increase by $2,000 this year, meaning eligible regional local governments could now apply for up to $32,000 towards pool upgrades, maintenance, equipment, staff development or a reduction on pool entry costs.
Minister Davies stated “launched last year, this successful program saw 91 pools and four water playgrounds across regional Western Australia receive more than $2.7 million in funding.
"This year, eligible regional local governments can now apply for the money as part of a Future Capital Project. This means the grant will be placed in a specified reserve account to be budgeted towards a capital project that could occur in 2016/17 or 2017/18.
"The change means local governments can use the funding from multiple years on an identified future capital upgrade, capital maintenance item or major equipment project, which will significantly revitalise a regional aquatic facility.
"The role country swimming pools play in strengthening local communities cannot be underestimated. Not only are they great places for people to get active but they are important hubs for people to gather and feel a sense of community and belonging."
Western Australian Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the funds were made possible with $13.2 million over four years from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Minister Redman stated “aquatic infrastructure and services contribute to creating sustainable regional communities.
"Through this investment, Royalties for Regions is also creating greater opportunity for local decision-making relevant to each unique community."
These grants can be spent on improvements including flood lighting, heating, swim instructor training, the purchase of pool equipment such as lane ropes or maintenance on the facility.
Funding applications close on Friday 30th October 2015.
The program is administered by the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation
For more information, or to apply for the Community Pools Revitalisation Program, go to www.dsr.wa.gov.au
Image: Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre.
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