All I want for Christmas is a...pool!

Published on 13 December 2022

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It’s the season of giving, and Moorabool Shire Council is hoping federal politicians will be feeling especially generous this Christmas period and consider funding the long-awaited indoor pool for Bacchus Marsh.

Council has been seeking $15 million in federal funding since before the federal election earlier this year, to match funding already committed by Council ($15 million) and the Victorian Government ($10 million) for the project.

Mayor, Cr Rod Ward, urged federal members to keep the pool project front of mind as they consider their priorities for the federal budget in the new year.

“Our indoor pool project is shovel-ready and has strong financial support from Council and the state,” Cr Ward said. “Federal funding is the only missing piece of the jigsaw which would allow us to bring this vital piece of infrastructure to the shire.

“While the Bacchus Marsh outdoor pool is great, and popular with residents and visitors, it was built in the 1930s and is only open a few months of the year. It simply cannot meet all the community’s needs for swimming lessons, recreation and exercise.

“This project is so important for our community – the Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) will generate $100 million in economic activity and help create more than 200 direct and indirect jobs.”

MARC incorporates a stadium (currently under construction), a community and bowls hub (funded, will be tendered early in the new year) and the indoor pool.

To see more details on the proposed pool and Council’s other advocacy priorities for our shire, visit

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