A Shorten Labor Government would contribute $5 million to the refurbishment of Kogarah War Memorial Swimming Pool at Carss Park.
Chris Gambian, Labor’s Candidate for the seat of Banks, announced the commitment today.
The refurbishment will be based on consultation with pool users, but could include the addition of access ramps at the facility, upgrades to the gym and change rooms, extending air conditioning throughout the complex and undertaking remedial works to address the aging of the pool but a final decision would be based on consultation with pool users.
Since opening in 1965, the pool has been the home to 17 world champions including Olympic swimmers Michelle Ford and Janelle Elford, marathon swimmer Suzie Maroney, and boxer Anthony Mundine.
“Carss Park Pool is a much loved community resource and has helped produce some of Australia’s best swimmers” Mr Gambian said.
“The pool holds a special place in the hearts of locals and it is my hope that this injection of money will revitalise the pool and start a new chapter in the historic story that is Carss Park Pool.
“These funds will ensure the immediate restoration works required at the pool can be completed quickly.”
“The Council will be able to scope out the improvements needed knowing it will have the funds to get the work done.”
Mr Gambian acknowledged the strength of the community campaign to save the pool.
“I thank and congratulate all the many members of our community, such as the Save Carss Park Pool Action Group, who made a strong case for refurbishing the pool.”
Simon O’Brien, Labor’s Candidate for the seat of Cook, is delighted Labor is committing to the much needed upgrades.
“Under Labor, this iconic pool will get attention it deserves so that it can continue to serve the local community” said Mr O’Brien.
As well as its history of elite athletes, this facility will continue to give residents in the region access to learn to swim classes.
Labor's Swim Smart program will make sure Aussie kids have access to swimming and water safety lessons in primary school.
We want to make sure Australian children are strong swimmers and safe in the water.
From the 2020 school year, Labor will fund additional swimming lessons for schools that need it, catch-up lessons for kids needing extra support, and more support for the cost of transport and pool entry fees.
Labor knows that investing in infrastructure isn’t just about building roads and rail – it’s about investing in better lives for the community, through increased access to sports and leisure facilities like this one.
Labor has made hard budget decisions to ensure our priorities are fully paid for – we will make multinationals pay their fair share and close unsustainable tax loopholes, because we want the Kogarah community to have access to modern swimming facilities.