Feb 28, 2019

Media Release – Half a million more to save Dawn Fraser Pool – Thursday, 28 February 2019

The restoration of the historic Dawn Fraser Baths has received a further boost with a $500,000 grant from Sport Australia.

The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant, obtained by the Inner West Council, follows a commitment made by Federal Labor of $2 million to save the pool – with the awarding of the grant that figure has reached $2.5 million.

More than 2000 applications were submitted for the grants program.

This latest funding is in addition to the $4.5 million already dedicated by the Council and the $1 million commitment from the NSW Labor Opposition.

Dawn Fraser Pool is loved by many Australians, but without an urgent heritage restoration the doors of the famous Baths were likely to close.

The $500,000 will allow delivery of upgrades to the lighting, access and amenities at the Baths.

Further components of the heritage restoration include:

  • Raising the boardwalk, South Pavilion and Central Pavilion to overcome sea level rises
  • Reconstruction of the South and Central Pavilions 
  • New bathroom and change rooms on the ground floor
  • Storm water upgrades
  • Refurbishment of the piers

Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne, welcomed the federal contribution to saving the Pool:

“The ongoing community campaign we have led to save Dawn Fraser Pool is really paying dividends. This grant, combined with further funds committed by Federal and State Labor will have us very close to being able to pay for the full heritage restoration.”

Elly Howse, Labor’s candidate for the NSW seat of Balmain said:

“With NSW Labor’s promise of an additional $1 million in funding, Dawnies is here to stay.”

Dawn Fraser Pool is used by residents, visitors, and students from local schools, it is an iconic Sydney attraction, sometimes called the Icebergs of the Inner West.

It is critical that we save Dawn Fraser Baths, which is an institution and a heritage icon.

Sport Australia is managed by The Minister for Sport, Bridget McKenzie, whom I thank for campaigning for further investment in this precious asset.