The Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre

The Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, entrance signThe Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, plaqueThe Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, external viewThe Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, poolside patioThe Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, view of pool from sideThe Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, with rose garden in viewThe Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, pathways and flagpolesThe Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre, Toona australis and sign
Description

The Hills Shire Council War Memorial Swimming Centre was opened on 11 March 1967 by the Hon P H Morton, MLA, Minister for Local Government and Highways, in the presence of the Shire President Mr B A Mullane, ten Shire councillors, the Shire Engineer, Shire Clerk and the Shire Health Surveyor.

Outside the entrance there are two 6-metre flagpoles, surrounded by a natural bush rock garden with pathways. Growing inside the garden is a Toona australis deciduous rainforest tree, indigenous to NSW and Northern Queensland and prized for its fine timber qualities. It was milled to near extinction during early settlement.

Facilities include an outdoor, heated 50-metre pool, enclosed learn-to-swim pool and undercover baby's pool, a fully equipped fitness centre, a cafe and large grassed areas throughout the facility. The eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool was heated in 1992 and opened all year round from 1996.

Surrounding the Swimming Centre is the Alfred Henry Whaling Memorial Reserve and sports/athletics fields. The athletics field has a 400-metre oval track and two 100-metre straight tracks. The field also has a long jump pit, shot-putt cage and javelin area. The area immediately to the north of the field is also used as an additional long jump pit, shot-putt cage and javelin area.

Behind the Swimming Centre is the Roxborough Park Rose Garden, maintained by the Hills Shire (otherwise known as the Garden Shire) right next to an athletics field, a beautiful garden with over 100 varieties of roses.

The Alfred Henry Whaling Memorial Reserve Rose Garden was established in 1972. It occupies over 8000 square meters of land and is apparently the largest of its kind in the Sydney region.

Materials
  • Brick
  • Concrete
Inscription

At entrance:

THE HILLS
SHIRE COUNCIL
WAR MEMORIAL SWIMMING CENTRE

 

Plaque:

This War Memorial Swimming Centre
was opened
on 11th March 1967
by
the Hon. P.H. MORTON M.L.A.
Minister for Local Government & Highways.

Shire President
B.A. MULLANE

Councillors

F.D.C. CATERSON
C.F. ELLERMAN
K.J. FORD
E. HORWOOD
H. LOWE
C.G. McLAUGHLIN
G.E.R. MOBBS
W.C.D. MOORE
H.F. WEST
A.H. WHALING

Shire Engineer
W.B. MATTICK

Shire Clerk
D.J.B. MERCER

Shire Health Surveyor
C.H. SEDDON

Address
44 Mileham Avenue
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
Local Government Area
  • The Hills Shire
Setting
  • Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Garden or park
  • Public building
Recorded by
Ronald L McIntosh
Established date
01/01/1967
Conflict/s
  • All conflicts

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