UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of Merewether Baths following reports that the federal government would slash grants for community infrastructure.
About $150million in grants were approved under round five of the Regional Development Australia Fund grants by the previous Labor government earlier this year.
Newcastle City Council received $1,053,160 in grant funding to upgrade Merewether Baths, including a new pavilion and shade shelters, seating and disabled access.
Others grants approved under round five of the Regional Development Australia Fund included $1,507,100 for Blacktown’s Football Park, $1million for the Bendigo Botanic Gardens expansion and $2.4million for childcare centres in the Australian Capital Territory.
As The Star went to print, Newcastle council had not received any formal notification that the funds would not be forthcoming.
The council said the funds were separate to a $4million upgrade of the pumps, pipes and concrete restoration works, which it has a tender out for.
Tenders for the pool works are expected to take a year and are due to start in February.
Parts of the pool will have to be demolished and rebuilt as the concrete below the waterline has cracked.
The new pumps would allow the pool to open six days a week.