Sporting pursuits in the Temora region have received a major boost after the NSW Government announced a $900,000 grant for major upgrades of the Temora Swimming Pool.

The grant has been awarded to Temora Shire Council for a project that will involve the widening of the pool to eight lanes, the provision of an accessible ramp entry and in-pool step entry, as well as work to address several maintenance issues associated with the existing facility.

The grant has been awarded under the first round of the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund which will see $50 million awarded over two years for new and upgraded sports facilities in Regional NSW.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has congratulated Temora Shire Council on their successful application which will substantially modernise the current facility.

“Sport and recreation is a big part of small communities,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is an exciting project which will provide residents of Temora and further afield with a modern, fit-for-purpose swimming facility.”

“It is fantastic to learn this project will be made possible using local contractors and suppliers, and once completed will ensure the Temora Recreation Centre can attract larger regional competitions, which will be of great benefit to our local economy.”

Mayor of Temora Shire Council Rick Firman said the project will greatly enhance the swimming complex for the benefit of all users.

“We’re overwhelmed with the support we’re receiving from the NSW Government to improve infrastructure at our recreation centre.”

“On behalf of Council we say a warm thank you for this outstanding boost to our community.”

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the Regional Sport Facility Fund will help promote healthy lifestyles across regional NSW while stimulating local economies and boosting employment.

“The NSW Government recognises investing in new and existing sports facilities plays a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of NSW residents,” Mrs Ward said.

“The Regional Sport Facility Fund will promote improved health and wellbeing, and create a construction boom across regional NSW as part of the NSW Government’s multi-billion-dollar infrastructure pipeline.”

The Regional Sport Facility Fund provides grants to councils, local sporting bodies, NSW State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability, National Sporting Organisations and private enterprises.

For the full list of recipients and further information on the Regional Sport Facility Fund, visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants