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28th June 2018

Summer may seem a way off yet nonetheless Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council is using the time to ensure users of the Cootamundra Memorial Swimming Pool complex will be protected against the harsh summer sun.

CGRC have completed the erection of giant shades at each end of the Olympic pool. The well positioned shade structures cover a large area and offer more protection for swimmers and spectators, minimizing exposure to harmful UV Rays.

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council mayor Cr Abb McAlister said these improvements to the local pool will attract visitors and community members to spend more time at the facility.

“These shades will enable all who use the pool during summer the ability to use the pool for longer periods. The shades are also positioned over the starting blocks and finishing end. It will make a huge difference to officials and competitors during swimming carnivals,” Cr McAlister said.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke agreed with Cr McAlister and said she was pleased this was another Stronger Country Communities Fund project that makes a difference.

“We want our children to spend time participating in healthy activities, and we need to ensure they are protected from the sun. I’m delighted this project could proceed with the help of the Stronger Country Communities Fund,” Ms Cooke said.

“It is great to be able to provide facilities that allow people to use the pool for extended hours, it is projects like these that will encourage tourists and locals to visit the pool, enjoy the facilities and be protected from the effects of the sun,” Ms Cooke added.

The $100,000 investment in the shade extension project is part of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council’s Stronger Country Communities Fund major projects program, and is an initiative of the NSW State Government.

Photo and caption: CGRC deputy mayor Cr Dennis Palmer and CGRC general manager Mr Allen Dwyer inspected the new shade sails at the Cootamundra Memorial Pool complex. The sails project has been funded by the Stronger Country Communities Fund.