The new $5.65 million Southern Cross Aquatic Centre was officially opened today by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.
The pool was built with the help of a $700,000 Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) grant, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The original pool serving residents living in and near the eastern Wheatbelt town of Southern Cross was built in 1963, but its condition in recent years meant it was no longer fit for purpose.
The redeveloped aquatic centre includes the replacement of the original swimming pool and upgrading the associated facilities such as:
- a separate toddlers’ pool;
- change rooms and toilet facilities with universal access;
- kiosk and first aid station;
- barbecues, seating and shade; and
- half basketball court and cricket net.
Additional funding for the project was provided by the Shire of Yilgarn ($4.9 million) and Mineral Resources Limited ($53,000).
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
“This aquatic centre is an example of the commitment of the Shire of Yilgarn and the wider community to ensure people in Southern Cross have the best facilities possible.
“This centre has been designed and built to cater specifically for the needs of this community – young and old – as well as those who want to maintain peak fitness.
“It’s a wonderful amenity which I know will be well used for many years to come.”
As stated by Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:
“The Southern Cross community has waited patiently for this new pool for many years and I thank Minister Murray for making these works a priority.
“We all know that it can get very hot in Southern Cross and I am sure this pool will be much appreciated by all members of the local community.
“This is yet another investment in regional WA by the McGowan Government.”