Aquatic centre making a splash at council

Pooling resources: The aquatic centre would replace both Scully and Tamworth pools where William Thompson was escaping the heat. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090217GGF08

Pooling resources: The aquatic centre would replace both Scully and Tamworth pools where William Thompson was escaping the heat. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090217GGF08

The Tamworth Swim Club’s charge to get a new aquatic facility off the ground took another step on Tuesday when president Grant Simm and his deputy Michelle Bolte met with Mayor Col Murray to discuss the proposal.

The planning for the aquatic centre is still in its infancy, as the club begins to push forward with a plan to achieve one short term goal before taking on the big one.

“We can’t go backwards from where we are at,” Ms Bolte said.

“We are currently on the bottom rung of the ladder with the run-down facilities we have in Tamworth.” 

“I would rather see council put $1 million towards the new centre then spend it on maintenance and repairs of the existing pools.

“The first step is to get it on the council’s strategic plan and only then can we move forward with funding plans and strategies.” 

The mayor was the seventh councillor that the club have met with in recent months, and once again the meeting was positive.

“It was another good meeting,” Ms Bolte said.

“He acknowledged that this has been going on for some time and said he would like it to be shovel ready in four years at the end of this council term.” 

The club have had interest in the new centre from as far away as Port Macquarie.

“The Port club have asked when it is happening so they can come and use it,” Ms Bolte said. Every year the Country Championships are held in Sydney because there is no regional centre that can host it. We have the land and Tamworth is quite central.” 

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