No money for pool in Federal Budget

Published on 26 October 2022

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The Federal Budget has not delivered much for Moorabool, with Council disappointed there is still no federal funding for an indoor pool in Bacchus Marsh.

Council and the State Government have both committed funds to an indoor pool as part of the Taverner St sports precinct, with $15 million from the Federal Government the missing piece to make the project a reality.

“It is disappointing the project wasn’t considered pre-election by either major party, and now not in the new Government’s first budget, especially considering Member for Ballarat Catherine King committed to the project years ago as an election commitment,” Council’s CEO Derek Madden said.

Mr Madden said the Federal Government changes to the Building Better Regions Fund might create opportunities in the future to fund projects such as the indoor pool.

“Council has been advocating for a change to how the Building Better Regions Program has been managed, and it was clear after many unsuccessful grants that Moorabool and other peri-urban Councils were being disadvantaged,” Mr Madden said.

“We look forward to receiving details of the new funding programs and welcome any improvements to the fund. We are confident that the work we have done over the last number of years in developing projects that meet the needs of the community will be recognised and supported by the Federal Government.”

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