In February 1953 the Hastings Shire Council approved in principle an Olympic Swimming Pool at Wauchope.
The Shire President, Councillor Bransdon opened a War Memorial Baths fund. The proposal was first adopted at a public meeting attended by 200 residents, called by Mr A Brandson. The Shire Engineer informed the Shire Council in March that the pool would cost £16,000, and suggested that council borrow £20,000 to cover costs of dressing rooms etc. That August council adopted a motion proposed by President Bransdon that finance for the pool be provided on a 50-50 basis, half by the Wauchope Urban Area and half by the Shire. Mr J B Renshaw, Minister for Works and Local Government informed the Hastings Shire deputation that he was 'prepared to grant a quarter of the cost of Wauchope Memorial Baths, to a maximum of £10,000' (Macleay Argus, 4 September 1953, 'Olympic Pool for Wauchope'). Mr Renshaw authorised a grant of £6,250 towards the cost of the pool early in December 1954.
The Shire of Hastings War Memorial Olympic Pool at Wauchope was officially opened by the Honorary J F McGrath, Minister for Public Works on Saturday 1 February 1958.
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