Outdoor pool and Energy Breakthrough to share in $3.5 million in funding

Central Goldfields Shire CEO Lucy Roffey outside Maryboroughʼs outdoor pool, which received $2 million in funding from the State Government this week.

The Central Goldfields Shire has been a big winner in the State Government’s newly launched Building Works package, receiving some $3.5 million in funding for local projects.

Earlier this week the State Government announced $1.5 million in funding for Maryborough’s annual Energy Breakthrough event as well as $2 million for works at the heritage listed outdoor pool.

The funding comes from the State Government’s Building Works package, designed to create local jobs and get people back to work amidst the economic impact caused by coronavirus.

The $1.5 million for Energy Breakthrough may see a permanent building erected in place of marquees and tents as well as an expansion of the expo element of the event, while $2 million for the outdoor pool will likely focus on restoring the facility’s heritage spaces.

Built in the 1940s, a conservation management plan developed for the outdoor pool in 2018 stated the original pools are “structurally failing and the tiling is badly deteriorated” as well as other concerns around the heritage aspects of the complex which required works in the immediate term.

Central Goldfields Shire chief administrator Noel Harvey said works at the outdoor pool have been a priority for council, with funding being sought for more than two years.

“In May 2018 we endorsed the Draft Maryborough Municipal Olympic Complex Conservation Management Plan which provided us with a detailed assessment of the complex and recommendations for a staged plan for works,” he said.

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