Tumut Swim Club awarded bushfire recovery grant

The Tumut Swimming Pool will have a new barbecue area next season courtesy of the Tumut Swimming Club being awarded a grant by the Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund.

The Tumut Swimming Club will hope to put the Dunns Road bushfire and Covid-19 pandemic behind them after they were awarded a $25,000 grant by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

In partnership with the Pratt Foundation, FRRR has granted $649,150 to support 19 projects that will help Tumut regional communities to recover from the recent bushfire, which was only possible due to the Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund.

FRRR’s CEO Natalie Egleton highlighted the importance of these grants following on from what has been such a turbulent period for the region, suggesting the funds would help in the recovery process.

“While COVID-19 has made things much more complex, we know that bushfire affected communities still need support on their recovery journey,” Egleton said.

“It’s wonderful to be able to partner with the Pratt Foundation to get this funding on the ground to assist local community groups to lead local recovery efforts in a way that meets the needs of that community.

“An important part of disaster recovery is strengthening social connectedness and stimulating economic recovery, especially in areas reliant on tourism and agriculture.

Tumut Swimming Club will be using their grant to build a new barbecue area, which will be sheltered away from the elements.

The project will see a two-burner electric built in barbecue erected, which is similar to those barbecues scattered across the Snowy Valleys Council region, but it will also include a built in stainless steel side table.

The shelter, barbecue and table are priced at approximately $19,500, which leaves the club around $5,500 for the installation of concrete slab and barbecue.

Tumut Swimming Club president Evan Saunders was confident the small committee would help cover any deficit involved in the construction of the barbecue area and said it would be completed by next season.

“We haven’t discussed it formally as a committee but we will be having discussions to find ways to cover the extra costs, whether that is the club chipping in to pay the difference or using the committee use our local knowledge to help get it done,” Saunders said.

“We will be able to cover the extra costs somehow and it will be done before we know it.”

Saunders said that the decision to apply for a grant for a barbecue area was more for the community then the club itself.

“We think it is an opportunity for us to give back to the community a little bit, while it isn’t all our money, we thought this would be the best project for the pool that would benefit the most people in town,” Saunders said.

“It is an opportunity to benefit all those people that use the pool, which ties in with the new entry the council is planning on putting in, so it should work out really well.”

Tumut Swimming Club coach Max Hargreaves supported Saunders comments and highlighted other benefits of the barbecue area, potentially making Tumut a more attractive option for Southern Inland Swimming Association carnivals.

“If we have visiting teams come over, we will have a barbecue and facilities available for them,” Hargreaves said.

“It will be ideal for a weekly meets, swimming carnival, school carnivals and the benefit will be huge for the community who takes advantage of the facilities on offer at the Tumut Swimming Pool.”