31 Mar 2017

Government funding pledge guarantees construction of new pool

City of Parramatta Council has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement it will contribute $30 million for a new Parramatta aquatic centre, providing certainty that a new pool will be built in the City.

The State Government today confirmed it has allocated enough funding for Council to build a like-for-like new pool to replace the current Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Centre, which will close on 31 March 2017 to make way for the construction of the Government’s new Western Sydney Stadium.

Two potential sites in the Mays Hill Precinct are under consideration, and the new pool’s location will be finalised once community consultation currently being undertaken by Parramatta Park Trust as part of its Master Planning process for the Precinct has concluded.

“Council is excited for the community as this funding pledge from the Government guarantees that a new aquatic centre can be constructed,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

“At its next meeting I will ask Council to identify additional funding options of up to $30 million to be provisionally allocated to the project to ensure that the design and facilities of the new aquatic centre meet the expectations of the current community, and the future needs of the people of Parramatta.  Council will also consider strategies to fast track delivery.”

“Council is currently undertaking widespread public consultation to determine what features the community expects of the new aquatic centre.  Once we have a more complete understanding of the features and facilities people want to see included, a detailed business case can be prepared for Council.  In the interim, I reassure the community that, combined with this State funding, Council has the resources it needs to deliver a fantastic new pool.”

With the current swimming centre to close on 31 March, Council has put a number of interim arrangements in place to ensure pool users continue to have access to aquatic facilities.  This includes the relocation of the Parramatta Memorial Swimming Club and other user groups.

Investigations are continuing into other interim arrangements, including the possible provision of a temporary indoor aquatic facility, while plans to conduct learn to swim classes at Macarthur Girls High School’s swimming pool are also progressing.

More information about alternatives, including a facility to search for nearby swimming centres is available via the ‘Swimming’ page at www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au, and people can register to receive updates about the new pool and interim arrangements by emailing poolupdate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Pool users and Parramatta residents can also share their views about what they would like in a new aquatic centre by completing an online survey that will be open until Friday 7 April 2017.  The survey can be accessed via www.bit.ly/AquaticLeisureCentre