Bendigo Bank dives in to support Childers pool upgrade

Bendigo Bank Childers Pool
Gin Gin Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank has provided $100,000 to support the upgrade of the Isis District Memorial Pool.

Gin Gin Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank has maintained its close support with local grassroots projects through an announced grant of $100,000 towards the cost of covering and heating the Isis Memorial Swimming Pool at Childers.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the contribution by Gin Gin Community Bank was a welcome partnership with the project that had attracted funds from the Federal Government and Council.

“The project, valued at about one million dollars is currently out to tender assessment,” he said.

“The concept plans indicate that the pool will be covered and fitted with significant solar power to assist in mitigating running costs associated with heating the facility.

“There is no doubt that the pool is a hub for community sport and recreation and this project has the potential to increase seasonal use of the facility.”

Mayor Dempsey said the funding was being sourced through the Gin Gin Branch of Bendigo Bank which has a significant profile in the community for its sponsorship, grants and donations program.

Gin Gin Community Bank acting chairman Bruce Apel said the bank was proud of its ongoing support of community organisations and their projects.

“In 2017/18 Gin Gin’s Bendigo Bank branch funded 61 local projects and invested more than $163,000 across those projects,” he said.

“We are pleased to extend this level of support into the Childers area where we do have a growing customer base due to the opening of an agency which is located within the Leading Appliances shopfront.

“One compelling factor that we identified with this project is that the local swimming pool appeals to a broad demographic of the local community.

“Younger and older residents alike find enjoyment from sporting or recreational activities at the local swimming pool.”