Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced a further $224,355 in funding from the Stronger Country Communities Fund at the 50 year celebration of the Werris Creek War Memorial Swimming Pool.

Mr Anderson said he was delighted to obtain the funding to ensure the celebration will be one to remember.

“The Stronger Country Communities Grant will ensure the pool will be able to buy a pool cover and keep the water warmer longer.

“Part of the plan is to build a 30 metre long grandstand with the solar water heater on the roof will keep the pool warmer for long.

“The Werris Creek pool will be a centerpiece of aquatic sport in our region and this funding will help it to be a jewel in the crown.

 “This is on top of the $481,400 for the upgrade of the pool, which included the water filtration facilities, upgrading the infants’ pool with play equipment and the main pool.

“This was an awesome celebration for the community of Werris Creek and I was delighted to welcome one of our greatest golden girls of the pool in the form of Dawn Fraser. What a fantastic guest to have at this celebration.

“It was fantastic to meet Gillian Howard, who was a team mate of Dawn’s at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

“Her visit is particularly special as she visited Werris Creek in 1968 when the pool was opened and donated a swimming trophy and is coming back to celebrate 50 years on.

 “Gillian was only 14 years old at the time and she is youngest person to ever represent Australia at the Olympics.

“I want to congratulate the Werris Creek Swimming Club on organizing this fantastic event and I’m delighted that a grant of $5,000 from the NSW Government has allowed the smooth running of the celebration. 

“This has been a great partnership working with LPSC and particularly Mayor Andrew Hope to improve the lives and facilities of everyone on Werris Creek,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson with [front] James and Isla Woods, Kayla Macbeth, Molly and Jorja Arnold, [rear] Liverpool Plains Shire Mayor Andrew Hope, Dominic Paris, Kylie Macbeth, LPSC Cr Paul Moules and Cheryl Carlisle.

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