Where is the funding for our pool?

Published on 20 May 2022

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Where is the Funding for Our Pool?

Moorabool Shire CEO Derek Madden has said he is disappointed neither of the two major parties have committed to funding an indoor pool in Bacchus Marsh, ahead of tomorrow’s election.

Neither the Labor candidate for Hawke Sam Rae, or the Liberal candidate for Hawke Enamul Haque, have committed to funding Council’s biggest priority project.

This is despite the Labor Party having previously made an election commitment to the project, when Bacchus Marsh was in the seat of Ballarat.

“We would have thought the Labor Party would have honoured the commitment it made prior to the last federal election, and given we just had a big $10 million commitment from the State Government, both major parties should be committing to this project at a federal level,” Mr Madden said.

“Council has committed $15 million and the State Government $10 million to the project. It can’t happen without a $15 million commitment from the Federal Government.

“Whoever forms Government this weekend will be hearing from us very soon after to reiterate our need for this funding,” Mr Madden said.

“Glen Eira Council – which already has an indoor pool - has been promised $15 million for its indoor pool project if Labor forms Government – why are we missing out on the same commitment?”

“The project is so important for our community – the Taverner St site for the Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre will generate $100 million in economic activity and help create more than 200 direct and indirect jobs.

“Our outdoor pool, built in the 1930s, no longer meets the needs of the community. Council and the State Government have recognised that – now it’s time for the Feds to come to the party,” Mr Madden said.

To find out more about the indoor pool project and our other advocacy projects go to moorabool.vic.gov.au/advocacy


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