Eden’s community spirit has come to the fore after tens of thousands of dollars were raised for a new pool blanket at the Eden Olympic Pool.
A range of fundraisers, donations and investments secured the blanket, which is likely to be installed by mid-November.
Eden Swimming Club president Melina Caldwell said the whole community would benefit from the pool cover, not just the club.
“It will support numbers and patronage of the pool and secure its future,” Ms Caldwell said.
“We couldn’t wait any longer for it.”
Money saved in a term deposit in addition to community fundraising events, including raffles and barbecues, ensured the $40,000 blanket was secured sooner than anticipated.
“We thought it would take a few years,” Ms Caldwell said.
Bega Valley Shire Council made up the shortfall of funding in late August, resulting in an electric winch and tie-down points to secure the blanket.
Ms Caldwell said the blanket would ensure the pool maintained a consistent temperature, which was linked to the overall patronage.
“Basically if we boost the water’s temperature we have more people through the gate,” she said.
“Putting the cover on of a nighttime locks in that temperature that would otherwise be lost.”
The cover will also reduce water evaporation and improve cleanliness.
The news comes after Eden Olympic Pool recorded a 14.1 per cent boost in patronage last summer, with attendance figures rising from 7312 visits in 2015-16 to 8343 in the latest season.
The community service will continue, with Bobbin Transport bringing up the cover from Melbourne at no charge.
The Eden Swimming Club is also looking for anyone willing to help out with accommodation and meals for the professional installer, as well as an insured volunteer labourer to help with the installation.
Those willing can contact Ms Caldwell on 0427 767 893.