More than $720,000 was dropped into the Uralla community’s lap on Monday afternoon when funding for the town’s swimming pool ($274,471), sporting complex ($247,292) and the Uralla Tennis Club ($198,582) was announced.
Funding came from the second round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund. Uralla Mayor Michael Pearce said all three projects were a long time in arriving, but they would now be warmly welcomed.
“We applied for a number of projects, and we were lucky enough to get funding for these three; it’s a great hunk of money and it’ll be well utilised,” Cr Pearce said.
Pool manager Martin Williams said the funding would see big improvements in the pool, including a new lining that would extend its life.
“We get anywhere from 7,000 to 13,000 people through the turnstiles every year, and we have quite a few parties held here,” he said.
Martin said a new barbecue would also help with any functions held in the pool grounds.
At the Uralla Sporting Complex, among other things, the entry driveway will be sealed and a new artificial cricket pitch installed, and Cr Pearce said cover was needed during winter.
“In the winter, we get pretty cold here, so you need cover and this [funding] is fantastic. I’t’s a multi-purpose area here and everyone’s here with a big smile on their face,” he said.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the almost $500,000 to upgrade the sporting complex and tennis club would see massive improvements.
“The tennis club will add two extra synthetic courts and also upgrade the existing synthetic courts, and that’s off the back of huge growth,” Mr Marshall said.
“It will give them an opportunity to run a Saturday competition and a Wednesday evening competition as well.”