Pool a Step Closer with State Government Budget Funding

Published on 04 May 2022

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Council is delighted funding for an indoor pool has headlined several announcements for Moorabool in the Draft State Budget.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the State Government would contribute $10 million to one of Council’s top priority projects – an indoor pool in Bacchus Marsh.

“This is very welcome news and brings us a step closer to delivering the amazing Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) Project,” Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan said.

“We now need the Federal Government to commit funds to the project. We have previously had an election commitment from the Federal Labor Government. We need that commitment from both sides, so no matter who forms Government, we can deliver this facility to our community.

“Council has committed $15 million in future years to fund this project and we are calling on the candidates for the federal election to match this funding. It’s been a long wait for the Moorabool community and we are asking the Federal Government to match Council funding.

“There is widespread community support for this project and a high demand for year-round pool facilities in Bacchus Marsh with 56% of surveyed pool users having to travel outside the Shire to participate in swimming activities at indoor pools in other municipalities,” Cr Sullivan said.

“The site will help generate $100 million in economic activity and help create more than 200 direct and indirect jobs.”

“Council is committed to delivering a state of the art sporting precinct for the community of Moorabool. With 65% of our working population leaving the Shire every day for work, we need infrastructure to support the community to help remove the need for our population to leave the Shire every day. Council has invested $14 million for the indoor stadium currently under construction, and we will put in $15 million for the pool. With the addition of the regional bowls facility, Council with the support of State Government will be delivering a $70 million world class sporting precinct for the growing community of Moorabool Shire and surrounds,” Cr Sullivan said.

To read more about the MARC project, go to moorabool.vic.gov.au/marc 

 

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