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MEDIA RELEASE - Island Park's $1.46M redevelopment open for competition

8 December 2017

National and state level sporting competitions are on the agenda for Casterton’s Island Park following a $1.46 million redevelopment at the popular sporting precinct.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank today officially opened $800,000 worth of refurbishments to the town’s memorial Olympic swimming pool in addition to a $660,000 redevelopment of the precincts tennis and netball clubrooms.

“These major works will assist the township to continue to attract state level swimming competitions and ensure the precinct is a hub for locals to exercise and cool-off this summer season. Importantly, the upgrades ensure that the pool is now accessible for all, meaning everyone in our community can enjoy the facilities,” Cr Rank said.

“The neighbouring rejuvenated tennis and netball clubrooms have taken this precinct to the 21st century with a purpose built space which will assist to attract more competitors to the precinct and importantly more finals in the Western Border Football Netball League.

“Attracting more events and higher usage is good news for the town and the regional economy. Council is committed to working with local user groups to make the most of these great facilities to ensure they remain in demand for years to come.”

The pool works include a new all abilities access ramp, new modern return system, and concrete concourse on the pool surrounds.

Furthermore the pool facility has refurbished change rooms and kiosk area to improve the aesthetic and useability of the space.

The new tennis and netball clubrooms have been future proofed to cope with flooding events, following the devastating damage of the September 2016 floods.

The new spacious facility has been purpose built allowing the Casterton Sandford Football Netball Club’s more than 200 players a private safe and secure area which includes two showers, two toilets and plentiful space for officials.

The area is currently being used by the Casterton Tennis Club for its popular twilight summer competition.

The precinct works were supported with funding from both the Federal and State Governments’ with support from the Community Flood Recovery Program ($133,000) and Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities ($100,000) and Community Facility Funding Program – Seasonal Pools ($200,000). Glenelg Shire Council funded the balance of the projects.

Cr Rank praised the Casterton Sandford Football Netball Club which raised more than $20,000 towards its redevelopment in addition to support from the town’s swimming club and tennis association.

“Within the council plan we made a commitment to work as a team with our community and both levels of government to deliver quality outcomes such as these important facility upgrades which will provide for Casterton and district, ensuring a healthy and active community into the future,” Cr Rank said.

“These upgrades also assist with the sustainability of the Island Park precinct and will support clubs to increase participation rates, encouraging a new generation of sporting achievers.”

Casterton has enjoyed four different swimming pools over the past 120 years, with the doors opening on the current Memorial Pool in 1966 following a celebratory opening by war hero Sir Weary Dunlop who was the first to dive into the facility.

Casterton-based Glenelg Shire councillor Karen Stephens said the pool continued to be a hub of activity through the summer months, hosting various kids activities and attracting school swimming competitions from across the district.

“The importance of this particular facility to the Casterton community should never be underestimated. I am thrilled with the redevelopment which now gives us a ‘state of the art’ facility for our community to enjoy. I thank my fellow councillors for supporting this project,” Cr Stephens said.

“Having the only Olympic size swimming pool in the region means Casterton hosts many championship swimming competitions – I trust competitors will enjoy this new experience over the warmer months.”

The Casterton pool is open daily from 10.30am to 6.30pm, excluding Christmas Day.

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