Final gift to city

Monday, 10th September, 2012

Chairman of the BH Skills Centre, Fran McKinnon, with former Skills Centre Manager, Pam Clarke, at the official opening of the new showers. BELOW: The former BH Skills Share group. Chairman of the BH Skills Centre, Fran McKinnon, with former Skills Centre Manager, Pam Clarke, at the official opening of the new showers. BELOW: The former BH Skills Share group.

By Erica Visser

It may have been City Council General Manager Frank Zaknich's first ever shower opening but the GM did it in style, unveiling the Regional Aquatic Centre's new $30,000 asset.

The water-efficient showers were installed at the hydrotherapy pool at the Aquatic Centre after Skill Share donated $30,000.

Skill Share, or the BH Skills Centre, has made a number of substantial donations after being forced to shut its doors.

Mr Zaknich said that the gift was a "final gesture" from Skill Share, an organisation that offered so much to the city in its 30 years.

"Skill Share has been an outstanding and dynamic community organisation in Broken Hill over a long period of time and this final gesture is going to leave a lasting legacy," Mr Zaknich said.

"Council had plans to install showers within the hydrotherapy area, but the generosity of Skill Share has enabled us to fast track that development."

Former manager of Skill Share, Pam Clarke, said that it was happy to give something more to the city.

"Broken Hill Skill Centre has a proud history of contributing to the local community, and knowing we have made another long-term addition to local infrastructure is very rewarding," Ms Clarke said.

"Since 1985 our work has led to many hundreds of people gaining full-time employment in Broken Hill and we have made many substantial contributions throughout the city.

"Part of our charter has always been to keep Broken Hill progressive and we feel this latest contribution of new showers... if reflective of that ideal."

The showers are an important addition to the hydrotherapy pool as they allow patrons to shower both before and after they use the pool.