Indoor pool fundraising boost

Colac Otway Shire’s Cr Stephen Hart, Apollo Bay’s Jane Gross and Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson were joined by, front from left, Lucas Humphries, Ashlynn Healy, Madison Humphries, Angus Boyd, Monty Gill, Thomas Toussaint, Tadhg Healy and Jonas Murnane, during a funding announcement at Apollo Bay’s pool. The community hopes to secure enough cash to heat and enclose the town’s existing pool.

Apollo Bay pool committee members hope a successful grant application campaign will help secure the remaining funding needed to upgrade the coastal town’s pool.

The Federal Government announced a $20,000 grant for the pool which Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre secretary Jane Gross said helped edge the fundraising tally closer to the $400,000 needed to heat and enclose Apollo Bay’s 25-metre, six-lane pool.

Ms Gross said the committee had raised $250,000, which included the $20,000 funding that Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson announced at Apollo Bay on Friday.

Ms Gross said the committee was hopeful a Building Better Regions Fund application would make up the balance and allow the committee to achieve the project.

She said upgrades for the pool included heating and a portal-form polycarbonate cladding structure, which would feature shutters that could open up during the warmer months.

Ms Gross said that if the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre was successful in securing the Federal Government funding, she hoped the project would be completed this year.

She said pledges from Apollo Bay P-12 College, the Bendigo Bank, Otway Health and donations from individuals and businesses had helped the committee reach the current tally.

“We’re pretty happy with where we are at,” Ms Gross said.

“We have had very generous support from so many organisations and so many individuals who pledged individually and also donations from a huge number of the community as well.”

Ms Gross said the community had banded together to be part of fundraising events and had supported the transformation of Apollo Bay’s “cold, underutilised pool in to an indoor heated aquatic facility”.

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