Parties commit to pool funding

Ahead of the state election on 23 March both the Labor and Liberal Parties have committed to $5 million in funding to support the redevelopment of the Glenorchy War Memorial Pool.

Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said Glenorchy City Council welcomed the parties’ funding announcements on behalf of the community.

“We know that keeping the pool closed upset many people in the community. It was a decision that had to be made but it came with no warning,” she said.

“What we have heard loud and clear is that the community wants the pool fixed and reopened and that it is an important facility, not just for people in Glenorchy but for people across the Greater Hobart area.

“While this funding will allow us to address the immediate safety issues the pool has and reopen the facility for the community it does not lessen the need for us to have a long-term strategic direction for the pool and the site as well as laying the groundwork for future government funding.”

Labor Member for Clark Josh Willie said there was a lack of pool access across Hobart.

“The Glenorchy Pool has regional significance so this is a great decision for the northern suburbs and Greater Hobart,” he said.

“This is a circuit breaker, which will allow the pool to reopen while the council plans for the future.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Nic Street said the pool was an institution in Hobart’s northern suburbs and its closure was a blow to the local community.

“In September, the Liberal Government announced an allocation of $200,000 to investigate options to conduct a full evaluation of the pool and calculate both the development and operational costs of replacing the pool,” he said.

“This $5 million will allow the pool to re-open while longer-term solutions are developed.”

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