Balmain’s heritage listed Dawn Fraser Pool will receive essential funding for heritage restoration under a Labor Government.
Loved by locals, the pool was originally opened in 1884. The existing southern structure where the change rooms, toilets and showers are located was built in 1902 and last refurbished in the 1980s.
Used by Olympians, sports clubs and families alike, it is the oldest pool and sports club in Australia, but in urgent need of an upgrade.
Today’s announcement of $800,000 will see a complete upgrade of the southern structure to include new toilets, change rooms and showers.
In a nod to the past, it will also include fire safety and building compliance improvements to protect and restore many of the original heritage elements of the pool.
Importantly, for those who need it, the upgrade will include a new accessible path from the disabled parking spaces near Fitzroy Wharf to the entrance of the pool.
I’m pleased that former independent mayor of Leichhardt Council and founding member of the Friends of Balmain Baths, Carolyn Allen, and the Balmain Water Polo Club have joined me at the Dawn Fraser Pool for this announcement.
I want to particularly acknowledge the Balmain Water Polo Club, which has a remarkable history when it comes to supporting swimmers and sports people from across the inner west.
A number of Olympians have passed through the club, some of whom have joined us here today.
Supporting communities by investing in local infrastructure is at the heart of Labor Governments. We understand the difference this can make.