WELLINGTON Shire Council has welcomed the state government’s contribution to the Warmer Pool for Yarram project.
Mayor Alan Hall said the $250,000 government contribution would allow the project to go ahead, providing a warmer swimming experience for the Yarram community.
“Council has been working with the Yarram community for some time to find a way to improve the pool infrastructure, which would allow greater use of the swimming pool,” he said.
“Council has committed $350,000 towards the project, with a local community contribution of $61,000 through the Rotary Club of Yarram.
“This $650,000 project will involve a range of measures to warm the pool water in an energy-efficient way.”
The project will include the installation of a membrane-clad weather protection shelter to cover both swimming pools and remote controlled café-style side blinds.
A green energy water heating system will maintain water temperature during the summer swim season.
“Council is always looking at ways to be more sustainable, and a parallel project of installing solar PV cells onto the roof of the adjacent Yarram Hub will help offset the electrical operating costs of the new heat pumps,” Cr Hall said.
“These measures will also work together with the recently installed pool blankets, which were obtained through community support of the Pick My Project program.”