FourFourOne understands the NSW Government is working with the NSW Parks and Wildlife Department to develop an all-Australian pool strategy for the state.
The new pool is being developed in response to NSW’s high rates of drowning and injuries, and will be available in all pools in the state for the next five years.
It is a major undertaking, but the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, says the initiative is vital for ensuring the state continues to attract top level sportswomen and has made great strides in developing a pool culture.
“It’s the kind of initiative that we need to continue to do to ensure that NSW continues to lead in the world in sport,” she said.
“We need to keep pushing the envelope, keep pushing and see if we can keep doing better.”
Ms Berejaklian says the project is a significant investment, with the pools being the first of its kind in the country.
“The NSW Parks & Wildlife Department is very excited to see that we are now on the verge of developing a sport pool system that will be able to address the many needs that NSW has, and that will support our beautiful state,” she told FourFourtwo.
Ms BereJaklians pool is the only one in the NSW that is entirely open to the public.
The NSW Government has allocated $2.4 million of funding for the project, which will be completed by early 2019.
Ms Perejiklu says it will not only help the state attract top-level sportswoman, but also improve the water quality and accessibility of recreational water.
“When we look at our swimming pool system, it’s not a sporty system, and I think that’s the main reason why it’s difficult to get into the pool, particularly if you are not a big swimmer,” she explained.
“That’s the reason why the pool in NSW is a big pool, but not the best in the nation, so we need a pool that is as accessible as possible.”
So, the best way to do that is to have a pool in every community, and this is a great example of that.””
It is about making it more accessible, it is about providing more amenities, it provides a lot of amenities for people, it gives a lot more opportunity to get in, and to have fun,” she added.”
There is a lot to be proud of here, and we’re proud of it, but there’s more to come.