Bendigo's new aquatic centre one step closer to reality

Media Release

FN031/2016

21 April 2016

Joint release with:

Sharman Stone

Federal Member for Murray

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Rod Fyffe

Mayor of City of Greater Bendigo

The community fundraising drive for the Greater Bendigo Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre was launched today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government has committed $4.88 million towards the project under Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

"The National Stronger Regions Fund is investing $1 billion over five years to fund priority infrastructure projects, like this one, in regional communities across Australia," Minister Nash said.

"In what will be a major boost for the local economy, it is expected that 175 jobs will be created during the project's construction phase, together with an additional 47 ongoing jobs after the new Centre is completed."

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the Victorian Government was pleased to partner with the Australian and local governments, and private enterprise, to deliver this project.

"The Centre will include an eight-lane Olympic pool, indoor splash play area, hydrotherapy pool, Learn to Swim pool, gymnasium, spa and sauna, multipurpose rooms and a café," Ms Pulford said.

Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said the project will provide the Greater Bendigo community with an affordable, year-round and accessible aquatic facility.

"Swimming is the second most popular form of exercise in the region, so these facilities will be well utilised by the community to improve the general health and wellbeing of residents," Dr Stone said.

Mayor of City of Greater Bendigo Rod Fyffe said the new facilities will serve the region's growing population over coming years.

"Council has been working for many years to develop the necessary infrastructure and services to position Bendigo as Australia's most liveable regional city," Cr Fyffe said.

"Facilities such as this will attract major sporting events to the region providing better competition for local swimmers and increasing tourism."

This project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government ($4.88 million), the Victorian Government ($15 million), Greater Bendigo City Council ($10.1 million) and the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise Group ($1 million).