17 December 2018
More than 3000 people descended on the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex as it reopened to the public on the weekend after significant upgrades.
Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey declared the pool open to the public, following a Welcome to Country and Indigenous dance performance.
“I am proud to have been a part of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open this amazing community asset and see the happiness on our residents and visitors faces as they enjoyed and admired the new facilities,” Cr Chaffey said.
“The Complex supports Council’s vision for creating liveable communities, by providing a modern, family-friendly pool complex which encourages participation in recreational activities and promotes community wellbeing.
“The Gunnedah community now has the state-of-the-art facility they deserve and we saw that in action on the weekend, with more than 3000 people excited to see and use the new facilities on the opening days.
“It is a huge credit to everyone who was involved from start to finish.”
Cr Chaffey said the Complex will provide many benefits for the community into the future.
“As we move forward an asset such as this will have additional economic benefits in tourism and employment,” Cr Chaffey said.
“But not only that, the community now has a facility they can enjoy for many years to come. Many generations grew up learning to swim in the original complex, and now their grandchildren and great grandchildren have the chance to make memories at the new facility.”
A plaque unveiling will be held at the complex on Thursday, 14 February 2019 – 60 years to the day since the original pavilion was officially opened.
For more information on the Complex or the upgrades, visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au
Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 5.30am – 8.00pm
Saturday: 5.30am – 7.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am – 7.00pm
Closed: Christmas Day.
Kinfolk Poolside Café Opening Hours
Sunday – Thursday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Friday – Saturday: 9.00am – 7.30pm
Photo captions: Photo 1: The first eight to swim the length of the pool line up on the blocks, from left, Ruth Pope, Marie Hobson, Angus Hobson, Tim Walsh, Savannah Lyons, Lauren Robertson, John Hickey and Barbara Williams.
Photo 2: The community makes a splash in the brand new 50m outdoor pool after the “all in” call.
Photos by Paul Mathews Photography.
Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.