27 April 2015
“It’s much brighter, user friendly, inviting, safe – and fresh!”
Words expressed by President of the Goombungee State School Parents & Citizens when asked what a successful grant application to the New Hope Group’s Community Investment Fund facilitated for the local pool.
“The change rooms at the pool had deteriorated significantly due to concrete cancer and it was not a pleasant place” said Kylie Ferguson.
“They were unsightly and unpleasant and there was a safety issue in terms of a risk of injury due to chipped and broken tiles and concrete.
“As a result a lot of our regular users were travelling 40 to 60 klm round trip to use swimming facilities at Crows Nest or Highfields just to be able to do their laps.
“Receiving this grant from New Hope enabled us to fix the damage to the entrance step and walls, repaint, and remove the damaged tiles in shower recesses and replace them with seamless flooring. We were also able to renovate the seating in the change rooms” she said.
The Goombungee State School P&C is jointly responsible to students and Goombungee residents for the running of the facility along with the Toowoomba Regional Council and the Goombungee State School.
“These improvements now means we can meet those responsibilities and provide a facility for recreational swimmers, learn to swim classes, general (pleasant) social interaction, greater student participation and contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of residents – in particular the older ones,” Mr’s Ferguson concluded.
The New Acland Community Investment Fund assists not-for-profit community groups and organisations to develop long-term outcomes for communities around the New Acland Coal Mine.
Not-for-profit groups and organisations within the Toowoomba Regional Council area are eligible to apply for grants of $10,000 or more under the fund.
New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said applications to the fund are assessed by the New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG).
“CRG members, who represent a broad cross section of community interests in the area surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine, assess applications and make recommendations to the New Hope Group on appropriate community initiatives to support,” he said.