Roxburgh pool buoyed by grant of $500,000

The Roxburgh Swimming Pool is a step closer to funds target after receiving further funding of $500,000.

The sizeable capital grant was approved by the Otago Community Trust at its August board meeting last week.

Roxburgh Pool Punawai Ora ‘‘Safe Water’’ Inc chairwoman Sally Feinerman said the 89-year-old pool at the rear of Roxburgh Area School had reached its use-by date.

Ms Feinerman said thanks to the $500,000 grant from the trust, in combination with $920,766 from Central Lakes Trust, $200,000 from the Ida MacDonald Charitable Trust and a commitment of $500,000 from the Central Otago District Council the new pool was within reach of its funding target.

‘‘We have an application in with Lotteries [Lotto NZ], so we are hopeful that this will also be successful and that we can reach our final fundraising target of $2.5 million.’’

Otago Community Trust chairman Diccon Sim said the trust was pleased to support the much needed redevelopment of the community swimming pool at Roxburgh.

The almost century-old Roxburgh pool had served its community well, but it was now time for a new modern facility, Mr Sim said.

In total, the Otago Community Trust approved just over $799,000 to 32 organisations in August.

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