Denistone East Public School Pool To Be Rebuilt As An Indoor Aquatic Centre

Denistone East Public School Pool To Be Rebuilt As An Indoor Aquatic Centre

New South Wales Minister for Education Rob Stokes

Denistone East Pool’s Wider Wave Of Benefits

Victor P Taffa

An indoor aquatic centre is set to be built at Denistone East Public School under a shared use project agreement between the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA) and the Department of Education.

Education Minister Rob Stokes today announced the RLSSA can now submit a development application to redevelop the closed Denistone East Public School swimming pool into an indoor aquatic centre at no cost to the school.

Mr. Stokes said the local community is now set to have a valuable asset.

“An agreement to expand the use of this asset to bring benefits to the wider community is a win for everyone.” Mr. Stokes said.

Mr. Stokes said the project was a model for more shared use agreements to open up school assets for community use while offsetting costs or generating income.

Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the agreement would revitalise a pool, first built in 1965 and closed in 2013, into a quality asset for the local community.

“Year-round advantages of an indoor aquatic centre would be welcomed anywhere.” Mr. Dominello said.

“This is a great outcome for the local community and the thousands of children who will take swimming lessons at the pool.”

Mr. Dominello said the RLSSA was approached to be involved because of their success operating the Hills Sports High School Aquatic Centre at Seven Hills.

Under the agreement, the RLSSA have agreed to operate the aquatic centre for learn-to-swim classes at Denistone East under a licence agreement.

Denistone East Public School will continue to have access to the facility and it will be an important part of the school’s educational, sporting and recreational opportunities.

Member for Ryde Victor Dominello

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denistone East Public School Indoor Aquatic Centre Talking Points

  • New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education and the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA) have signed an agreement to lodge a development application to redevelop the closed Denistone East Public School swimming pool into an indoor aquatic centre.
  • Existing Pool will be redeveloped into an indoor aquatic centre.
  • Under the agreement, the RLSSA have agreed to initially operate the aquatic centre for learn-to-swim classes at Denistone East under a 20-year licence, with options for two further five year terms.
  • RLSSA intend to use the pool for learn-to-swim classes for primary school students both at the Denistone East Public School and other local schools. There will also be classes in first aid and compliance, CPR instruction and lifeguard courses.
  • New indoor aquatic centre is located in an area with a high percentage of people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who traditionally are over represented in swimming fatalities.
  • In 2017 there were 282 drowning deaths nationally while in NSW the death toll was 90 the RLSSA swimming programs should reduce this figure.
  • Denistone East Public School will continue to have access to the facility and it will be an important part of the school’s educational, sporting and recreational opportunities.
  • This project is a model for more shared-use agreements to open up school assets for community use while offsetting costs or generating income.
  • RLSSA has been running an aquatic centre under similar terms at Hills Sports High School at Seven Hills since 2011.
  • Existing pool was first built in 1965 and was closed in 2013 due to ongoing maintenance issues and the introduction of new pool regulations.