Council to progress plans for new Crookwell pool complex

Upper Lachlan Shire Council took a significant step towards a major new facility for Crookwell with the decision to build a new pool complex.

The resolution was unanimously supported at Council’s July Ordinary Meeting on Thursday following a lengthy process of research, culminating in a consultant’s recommendation.

Councillors were presented with two options regarding the Crookwell Pool: (1) to repair and renovate the existing pool at an estimated cost of $1.5 Million; or (2) build a new pool complex containing a regular swimming pool, a heated pool and a toddler’s pool with an estimated cost of $5 Million..

General Manager Colleen Worthy said the advice received from consultants had provided a very clear case for the new complex.

“The option to repair the pool still comes with a hefty price tag and no real guarantee of how long until further repairs would be required. There wasn’t much to recommend the band-aid approach,” she said.

“The proposed new complex will cater to a wider variety of activities, patrons and usage. The proposal doesn’t pretend to have all of the bells and whistles but is fiscally responsible and will have a lasting positive impact on the community for years to come.”

Mrs Worthy said the complex, planned to be completed by November 2021, would be of great use to the Shire as most residents live within 30 minutes’ drive of Crookwell.

The complex, will increase available parking and will add BBQ facilities for the public. Also being considered by Council is the relocation of the Visitors Information Centre, incorporating a café, into the complex - providing locals and visitors alike with a perfect place to picnic and spend time together. Subsequent plans will include additional recreational amenities within the complex.

Mrs Worthy said it was a very prudent time to start work on the complex as the pool is not expected to open this summer due to its current operational status.

“This is the time to start on this, and it’s also the right time to seek government assistance and funding,” she said.

“With the help of Angus Taylor, we have already had $1.2 Million funding approved for the project under the Federal Government’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and other funding will be sought from all levels of government who are currently providing funding for community infrastructure to assist communities during the recovery phase following the pandemic.

“As a result of the droughts and bushfires, I believe there is a much greater awareness of the positive effects pools have on our physical and mental well-being.

“They also provide great social opportunities and this is a unique opportunity to add a facility that will provide benefits for generations to come. It’s crucial that we act now.”