Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Lake Macquarie City Council has received $432,422 in funding towards the upgrade of Belmont Baths in Belmont as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund.
The project will involve a new jetty and protected swimming enclosure to replace the finger jetty that was destroyed in the 2015 storm. The new facility will incorporate protective mesh on all three sides, which will encourage people to use the area for swimming and ramp access to deep water for accessibility. The existing amenities block will be demolished and replaced.
“I am very pleased the Baths will be rebuilt. I received very strong representations from the community who clearly want them restored and loved once again by locals and visitors. I congratulate Robin Gordon and the Belmont and District Residents’ Action Group for their advocacy,” Mr MacDonald said
The tender is currently being finalised and expected to go out early April for the baths and amenities block. Construction of the baths is scheduled for July-October 2018 to be ready for the next swimming season.
The amenities block will be demolished in July to allow access for baths construction, then work on the new amenities block will begin in October, scheduled to finish January.
The new amenities block will be steel and brick structure, with fully accessible shower, toilet and change room, aquatic wheelchair storage, toilets and change rooms, outdoor and indoor showers.
“These grants through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund will help Council deliver improved amenities for our community,” Lake Macquarie City Council Mayor Kay Fraser said.
“The new Belmont Baths will be a great facility for people who enjoy swimming or simply relaxing by the Lake, and the addition of a fully accessible modern amenities block and ramp will enhance the experience for all users.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Stronger Country Communities Fund targets smaller-sized projects that have the capacity to make a big difference to the lives of country people.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the people of regional NSW, by investing in the facilities, parks, halls and playgrounds they need, want and deserve,” Mr Barilaro said.
The second round of Stronger Country Communities is currently open and will close 5pm on Friday 4th May. Councils must submit all applications by the closing time and date. For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.