Denistone East Pool's wider wave of benefits

12 May 2017

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.

"The year-round advantages of an indoor aquatic centre would be welcomed anywhere," he 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.
 

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