Posted by Darren Chester MP
It’s well-known among locals that the Yarram swimming pool is under-utilised because, no matter what the air temperature, the water in the pool is always freezing! The water is so cold that the local schools swapped their swimming lessons from their pool to warmer pools in Sale, Toora and Traralgon.
For the past two decades, locals have been advocating for a warmer pool for their community.
Yarram Rotary Club has focused a lot of their fundraising efforts on getting a warmer pool for the district. Earlier this year, some $600,000 in funding for the first stage of a warmer pool project was announced by the Wellington Shire Council.
With the Rotary Club's $61,000 funding, work on stage one of the project was set to get underway.
This first stage would have been to erect a galvanised steel frame covered by a fabric membrane with cafe style blinds over the main pool and the toddlers' pool.
However this shelter did not comply with the Royal Life Saving Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations meaning the structure needed to be expanded and provide a clear zone from outside the wet deck of the pool.
The second stage of this project will see heat pumps installed which will raise the temperature of the pool to 29 degrees.
An additional $300,000 grant through the Federal Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program will see this project completed to a high standard and everyone in the Yarram district can finally enjoy a warmer pool for many years to come.