Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Alpha Aquatic Centre re-opens with a splash

Media Release

WT382/2015

20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Rob Chandler

Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council

Bruce Scott

Federal Member for Maranoa

Alpha families no longer have to wait for warm weather to enjoy a swim, with the town's new heated pool now open for public use.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $1.4 million towards the $4.2 million project under the Regional Development Australia Fund.

“This is an excellent example of the Australian Government's commitment to work with local government to build productive infrastructure for communities right across Australia, particularly in regional areas which sometimes lack the facilities of larger centres,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott commended the council for their contribution to this project, which will provide lasting social and health benefits and ensure rural and remote communities have access to infrastructure of the 21st century.

“Year-round access to modern recreational and therapeutic pool facilities with will improve Alpha's liveability and help meet the region's future needs,” Mr Scott said.

“The new pool facilities will ensure activities such as swimming carnivals and community fun days can continue. It will also encourage people to be healthy and active, particularly during the hot summer months.”

Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council Rob Chandler said that council was pleased to work with the Australian Government to deliver the upgrade.

“Works included the construction of a 25 metre, eight lane heated pool with wheelchair access and the installation of new plant and chlorinator facilities and lighting,” Cr Chandler said.

“Locally up to 20 jobs were created during construction, with at least one ongoing job created as a result of the project.”

The Alpha Aquatic Centre Redevelopment project was jointly funded by the Australian Government providing $1.4 million and the Barcaldine Regional Council contributing $2.8 million.