Photo one: Bourke Shire Council Mayor Barry Hollman, Bourke Memorial Swimming Pool Manager Mark Hollman, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Bourke Shire Council Manager Planning, Regulatory and Environmental Services Dwayne Willoughby inspect the progress of the children’s pool at Bourke Memorial Swimming Pool.
Bourke families will soon be able to enjoy a new children’s pool and an upgraded kiosk at the Bourke Memorial Swimming Pool, thanks to a $2.4 million investment from the Australian Government.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton yesterday met with Bourke Shire Council Mayor Barry Hollman to inspect the upgrades currently underway at Bourke Memorial Swimming Pool.
“Bourke Shire Council received $2,399,806 under Phase 3 of the successful Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program,” Mr Coulton said.
“These funds are being used to construct a new learn to swim pool and upgrade the kiosk at the Bourke Memorial Swimming Pool.
“The local pool is the first place many children learn to swim, so having a safe, modern children’s pool is so important for building water confidence, while a renovated kiosk will complement the pool upgrades at the Bourke facility.
“The Bourke pool is the best place to beat the heat during the summer months, and these upgrades are sure to bring more people through the gates, particularly families with young children.
“The LRCI program is providing a vital boost for local councils, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering important projects like this one that will serve the community for years to come.”
Bourke Shire Council Mayor Barry Hollman said that following the completion of the redevelopment of the 50-metre main pool at the complex, Council was delighted to have received funding from the Commonwealth Government which has allowed Council to undertake further improvements at the popular local facility.
“With Bourke’s hot climate, modern swimming facilities are considered an essential item for our community,” Cr Hollman said.
“The funding from the Federal Government under Phase 3 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program enables Council to complete its vision for the Bourke Pool.”
Cr Hollman said construction of the learn to swim pool is progressing, with work expected to be completed this swimming season.
The Australian Government’s $3 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bourke Shire Council received $1,199,903 under the first phase of the LRCI program and $868,018 under Phase 2. This Phase 3 funding brings the total LRCI funding allocation for Bourke Shire Council to $4,467,727.
For more information on the LRCI program, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/about/local-initiatives/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/