A small number of Gunnedah residents have the chance to be the first to jump in the new 50-metre pool at the upgraded Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex.
Gunnedah Shire Council is looking for nominations from residents to be one of the first eight to swim in the 50-metre pool.
Gunnedah shire acting mayor Rob Hooke encouraged residents to nominate themselves or someone they know for the momentous occasion.
“Nominate for your chance to make history and be one of the first to swim the length of the outdoor pool as part of the opening day,” Cr Hooke said.
“The participants will be gifted an item of memorabilia to mark the occasion.”
Final touches are taking place on the multi-million dollar upgrades to the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex for the public re-opening on Saturday, December 15. Entry will be free on December 15 and 16.
Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey will open the facility at 11am, with a number of swimming events to commence shortly after. The 50-metre outdoor pool will then be open to the public for swimming from approximately 12pm.
Cr Hooke said the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex was built in the mid-1950s largely by volunteers and community donations, and has been an important community asset for more than 60 years.
“The existing facility was ageing and maintenance costs were rising. With the significant upgrades to the complex, what has been achieved is an amazing renewed facility that will ensure it remains a valued community asset well into the future,” Cr Hooke said.
The project, undertaken by Hines Constructions of Bathurst, saw the construction of a brand new, eight-lane, 50-metre outdoor pool, kids wet play area, new pavilion, filtration system and plant room, as well as a refurbishment to the indoor 25-metre heated pool and improved disability access across the complex.
Cr Hooke said the main feature of the pavilion, the war memorial, has been preserved during the upgrade and will continue to have “pride of place” at the front entrance for all visitors to admire.
For more information and to nominate to be the first to swim in the pool, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBB89BT
An official opening ceremony for the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex and dedication will be held on February 14, 2019 to mark 60 years since the opening of the original pool pavilion.