Wellington Memorial Pool and Geurie's Tom Culkin oval both receive funding

Ground-breaking: Mayor Ben Shields and Troy Grant MP talk about the proposed plans for improvement at the Wellington Memorial Pool. Photo: Daniel Shirkie
Ground-breaking: Mayor Ben Shields and Troy Grant MP talk about the proposed plans for improvement at the Wellington Memorial Pool. Photo: Daniel Shirkie

Wellington and Geurie will both benefit further under the state government’s Stronger Communities funding project. 

The Stronger Communities Community Grants project is a New South Wales state government project that provides local councils with funding to undertake significant projects and services improvements. 

As part of the project, Geurie has received a brand new irrigation system at the Tom Culkin Oval to complement the planned fitness area that is to be installed and to keep the grounds maintained. 

That previous project was funded through an earlier round of the Stronger Communities grant. 

The irrigation system involves rows of automated sprinklers that will be able to cover the field of grass that has fallen into disrepair during the drought conditions and due to vehicles cutting across the oval itself. 

The sprinkler system can be remotely operated and activated from as far as Dubbo and took just two weeks to install thanks to favorable conditions.

Wellington will benefit in the form of long-awaited improvements and renovations to the Memorial Pool, expected to be fully completed by next year. 

Dubbo Regional Councillor and Mayor Ben Shields, Troy Grant MP and Councillors David Grant and Anne Jones were all present.

“It’s something that’s only been able to be done thanks to state government funding,” Cr Shields said.

“What can I say, isn’t this great for Wellington.”

Minister of Parliament for Dubbo Troy Grant highlighted the difficulties previous councils had in addressing the problems of water leakage and the dangers of the pool collapsing.

“There’s probably no greater example of the need in relation to the merger [between Wellington and Dubbo councils] for the capacity to be given to council to be able to invest in the infrastructure and community assets, such as here,” Mr Grant said.

“This is money really well spent, not just to fix problems or patch over what was needed, but to revitalize this important community hub.”

The pool will receive new disability access improvements, a splash-pad for children, and a heated pool area for young people learning to swim.

Construction Manager Paddy Barber stated Hines construction was committed to keeping as much of the contracted work and investment in Wellington as possible. 

“We understand the importance of trying to keep the funding shared amongst the local community and businesses, it’s a premise that we follow quite passionately,” Mr Barber said.