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

Work begins on Bendigo's state of the art aquatic centre

Media Release


26 July 2016

Joint release with:

Rod Fyffe

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.