An investment of $650,000 by the NSW Government is set to fund two projects in Oberon which will add to the quality of life of local residents.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole today announced the government would provide $500,000 to Oberon Council to see an indoor fitness centre established in the town.
A further $150,000 will allow for upgrades to the Oberon Pool complex to be completed with the aim of extending the swimming season.
Mr Toole said the initiatives would be made possible thanks to round two of funding through the government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
He said the need for an indoor fitness centre has been well documented due to Oberon’s high altitude cool climate and the large number of shift workers in the area employed at the local timber mill.
"An indoor, all-weather indoor fitness centre is a much needed facility that will address the needs for people of all ages in the local community," Mr Toole said.
"The indoor fitness centre will provide a fitness facility for the community who currently have limited fitness and recreational opportunities."
Mr Toole said the indoor fitness centre would be built on the western side of the local swimming pool complex.
"It will feature a fully enclosed front half including an air-conditioned gym space, amenities and office facilities, while the rear half will be partially enclosed and have solid walls and a retractable blind system that can be closed for wind protection," Mr Toole said.
"This rear space will have a half-sized basketball court that can be used for outdoor fitness activities and a direct link to the gymnasium via a roller shutter."
Mr Toole said the project to partially enclose the Oberon Pool complex will continue working towards upgrading the pool to extend the swimming season.
"This stage will see translucent louvres installed in order to partially enclose the north-eastern corner and southern side of the roof to allow sun exposure while restricting cool winds from entering the pool area," Mr Toole said.
"New, more efficient pool blankets will help maintain water temperatures and help ensure the pool complex remains more user friendly for patrons."
Mr Toole said Oberon has a population of 5301 people of which an estimated 30 per cent use the pool for recreation and as part of a healthy active lifestyle.
"The pool is used by people of all ages, for swimming classes, by the schools for their swimming programmes, seniors for aquarobic classes and by families for recreation and fitness," he said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million.
"The Regional Growth is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses," he said.
The installation of translucent louvers between the wall and the roof will help to protect the pool from these winds