Judging Pools on Merit Welcome News

Published on 20 June 2022

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Moorabool Shire Council CEO Derek Madden has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King that local government pool projects must stack up on merit, not be funded on election commitments.

Minister King made the comments this week, and Mr Madden said this was good news for Council’s strong advocacy for an indoor pool in Bacchus Marsh, because our project stacked up.

“Our indoor pool project has very significant Council funding ($15 million committed) and has State Government funding of $10 million. It has been fully scoped and designed, so it definitely stacks up against some of the proposed pool projects throughout the country.

“We are ready, we have the population, the Council-owned site located, the planning permit and the detailed designs. With Federal Funding to match Council contribution, we can get on and build the facility that the community of Moorabool have been waiting generations for,” Mr Madden said.

““There are pool projects where the local Council is committing minimal funds but expecting massive Government commitments, so we feel the review is timely and will highlight the strength of our proposal. The staging and funding model we used could be used for future projects across Australia.”

“Moorabool is very willing to back our own project and commit matching funding from the Federal and State Governments, and we don’t already have a Council-run indoor pool in our Shire so we definitely feel our project would meet the conditions of any audits that Minister King will be undertaking.

“Our Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) project is a fantastic project that will generate $100 million in economic activity and help create more than 200 direct and indirect jobs.

“We thank Minister King for taking this step at looking very closely at all proposed pool projects, and I look forward to talking to her about our project and continuing to advocate for our community on our MARC vision.”

For more information on the project: moorabool.vic.gov.au/marc


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