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  • Blayney CentrePoint Sports and Leisure Centre upgrade funded under Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream
  • The Coalition Government is investing $1.9 million towards the $4.23 million project

WORKS ON long‐awaited upgrades to Blayney’s CentrePoint Sport and Leisure Centre have commenced, ensuring residents will have access to a valuable community resource for years to come.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee was joined by Blayney Shire Council Deputy Mayor David Kingham to inspect the start of the $4.23 million works earlier today.

Mr Gee said the Coalition Government’s $1.9 million contribution would ensure key features of the project include a renovation of toilets and change rooms, a new pre/post shower area and raising the water level of all three pools to concourse level are delivered.

“Accessibility will be significantly enhanced through the installation of a new pool pod, which will drastically improve disability access to the 25‐metre pool, plus construction of an access ramp to the middle pool and new unisex accessible toilet facilities which are also family change rooms,” Mr Gee said.

“The great news is that this Centre’s renovation will also ensure more community members can enjoy access to the facility year‐round. We all know just how cold our region can get during the winter months and it’s often difficult for parents to find activities for their kids during winter.

“It’s our hope this redevelopment will encourage more residents to enjoy the centre all though the year and get active in the process. We also hope it will encourage more young people to learn to swim,” Mr Gee added.

Deputy Mayor, David Kingham is looking forward to the completion of works as it is critical upgrade for the facility.

“The community will benefit from comfortable water temperatures to suit their activities, improved accessibility for all persons and the addition of a new children’s play tower is a very exciting addition,” Cr Kingham said.

“The pool hall has been closed since early July to allow contractors to complete final measurements for the new pool lining system requiring the pool to be empty,” he explained.

“Demolition has also begun on the change rooms which are to receive a complete upgrade.” Upgrades to the facility are being jointly funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and Blayney Shire Council.

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create some 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.