Work begins on Bendigo's state of the art aquatic centre
26 July 2016
Joint release with:
Mayor of City of Greater Bendigo
Construction has begun on the new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre, which was celebrated today with a ceremonial sod turning.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash welcomed the start of construction and recognised the local jobs and wider economic benefits the project would deliver for the local region.
“This project is expected to create 175 jobs in the community during the construction phase as well as a further 47 ongoing positions once the Centre is open,” Minister Nash said.
“The National Stronger Regions Fund is investing in priority infrastructure projects in regional communities across Australia, just like this project in Bendigo.”
Minister Nash said this investment delivered on the Coalition Government's focus on delivering communities that our children and grandchildren want to stay in or come back to.
“These swimming facilities will meet the needs of Bendigo now and into the future. Giving the next generation the facilities they need to stay fit and dream big,” Minister Nash said.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Rod Fyffe said the new Centre would improve general health outcomes for Bendigo's residents.
“The Centre will include an eight-lane Olympic-sized pool, indoor splash play area, a hydrotherapy pool, learn to swim pool, gymnasium, spa and sauna, multipurpose rooms and a café,” Cr Fyffe said.
“Council has been working for many years to develop the necessary infrastructure and services to position Bendigo as Australia's most liveable regional city.
“Facilities such as this will also be great for attracting major sporting events to the region and increase tourism.”
This project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government ($4.89 million), the Victorian Government ($15 million), Greater Bendigo City Council ($10.12 million) and the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise Group ($1 million).
The project is expected to be completed in late 2017.