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Improving Bourke’s sporting hub

Chris Lute from Blue Dog Fencing installing the new fence around the Bourke Swmming Pool PHOTO: TWH

Recent State and Federal funding has helped the Bourke township develop a much improved sporting hub that stretches from Coolican Oval to Central Park, with new fencing, lighting, security and other facilities.

Bourke Shire Council General Manager Ross Earl said the improvements meant Bourke’s vibrant sports community could now enjoy some of the best facilities in the region.

“We have been very fortunate to be able to make these improvements through the various funding options while using our local tradespeople and suppliers as much as possible,” Mr Earl said.

“The improvements mean our sporting teams can play and train in better conditions, with improvements to lighting and plans for new fencing at Coolican and Davidson Oval, new perimeter fencing at the tennis complex, and the new half-court basketball court and shade sails over the skate park in Central Park.”

“We have also installed new fencing at the swimming pool which will shortly undergo a major upgrade.

The rebuilding of the main pool will begin at the end of the 2019/20 swimming season, and will hopefully be completed over the winter of 2020 in readiness for the 2020/2021 season, at an estimated cost of two million dollars.

“Bourke Shire Council hosted a forum of sports groups some time ago to identify the needs of the community and the message we got back from residents was that the pool was a high priority so that has been a very big focus, to improve the facilities and the fencing. To a large degree, we have achieved these outcomes.

Read more in the printed edition of the Western Herald.

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