$300,000 upgrade for Speers Point Swim Centre

Date posted: 29 October 2018

A $300,000 suite of improvements has taken the chill out of spring swimming at Speers Point Swim Centre.

Work is now complete on a solar heating system for the centre’s 50m and 25m pools, with water temperature regulated to be a minimum 27C throughout the swim season.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Leisure Services Brad Sutton said the upgrade also included installation of new diving blocks for the main pool.

“These improvements make the facility more attractive and comfortable for everyone – particularly in the shoulder period in spring and autumn,” Mr Sutton said.

The NSW Government contributed $170,000 for the upgrade through its Stronger Country Communities Fund grants.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, who toured the upgrades with Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, said Speers Point Swim Centre averaged almost 50,000 visitors each year.

“The number of people living in the surrounding catchment is growing, as is demand for our learn to swim classes,” Cr Fraser said.

“Enhanced facilities will encourage even more people to use the site for fun and fitness, and to learn how to swim.”

Mr MacDonald said the Stronger Country Communities Fund delivered crucial local infrastructure to regional NSW.

“The NSW Government is proud to support projects such as the Speers Point Swim Centre upgrade to improve the quality of life of people living in our State’s regional areas,” Mr MacDonald said.

Lake Macquarie City Council operates swim centres at Speers Point, West Wallsend, Charlestown and Swansea, and provides facilities at Morisset and Toronto operated externally under contract.

Toronto Swim Centre closed in July for a 12-month, $6 million refurbishment that will include retiling of all pools, a new combined hydrotherapy and spa pool, refurbished amenities and vastly improved air and water quality.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 29 October 2018