Boyup Brook will be splashing out with an overhaul of its community swimming pool this month, including the development of a new gym. Boyup Brook Shire announced the suite of upgrades to the pool last week, which includes the gym, more inclusive access to the facilities, additional shade, floor coverings and a chlorine safety system. The current gym area will be expanded to make room for a larger community gym space. Boyup Brook Shire president Richard Walker said the pool’s gym facilities were not up to standard. “There’s nothing usable, there’s some old equipment there that’s past its use-by date, the building itself is going to be modified to make a larger room,” he said. The upgrades are expected to cost around $50,000, which is coming from Government grants and COVID-19 funding. Cr Walker said he was excited about construction getting under way and giving the community quality facilities with improved access. “It’s about getting better utilisation of the facilities and making them more accessible,” he said. “There’ll be access separate to the pool so people can have access to the gym when the pool’s not open, so that will also make showers and toilets accessible, and it’ll hopefully make the facility more user-friendly. “The COVID-19 funding has been a big help and we’re looking forward to getting those improvements done.” Cr Walker said he hoped the upgrades would be finished before the opening of the next pool season. The Shire also recently announced a number of upgrades for the Flax Mill Caravan Park, including a new camp kitchen, lighting, as well as general repairs and maintenance. Work on both the pool facilities and the caravan park is set to commence this month.