Kalumburu pool progressing well

13 September 2019

Work is progressing well on the new swimming pool complex for the remote Aboriginal community of Kalumburu. The pool, to be managed by the Department of Communities and Royal Life Saving WA, is nearing completion and will provide educational, health and social benefits for the Kimberley community.

The pool, being built by Kimberley Green Construction, is the eighth in remote communities across Western Australia, and will ensure local children can take part in Swim and Survive lessons, Swim for Fruit programming and swimming carnivals, while local teens and adults will have access to vocational training in first aid and aquatic rescue which will provide them not only with vital life skills but will also open up employment opportunities.

Jon Ranson from the Department of Communities and Royal Life Saving WA General Manager Community Relations Greg Tate visited the site earlier this week and were impressed with what they saw. Mr Tate says it is an exciting time for the local community “We met with the community CEO and other community representatives and they are excited that the pool is nearing completion. They look forward to welcoming Royal Life Saving WA to the community to manage the facility.”

Experience from the existing remote aboriginal pools shows that they greatly contribute a community's sense of place and provide a meeting area which encourages connection, inclusiveness and togetherness.

The Kalumburu facility will include a six lane 25 metre swimming pool, as well as a toddler pool with beach entry for disabled access. There will also be administration and ablution buildings and a three-bedroom home for the swimming pool manager.

The $6.6 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2019. You can find out more about the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool Project at the link below.

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