Community dedication behind $4.4 million grant
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated the Wangaratta Swimming Club for its efforts in helping to secure $4.4 million in funding for a new state-of-the-art aquatic facility at Wangaratta.
The local club worked with Ms McGowan’s office, Rural City of Wangaratta council and the State Government to present a strong application for money from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. Club members also ran a petition and wrote letters to Ms McGowan’s office, local councillors and State and Federal Government bodies in support of their application.
“The Wangaratta Swimming Club should be commended for its dedication in pursuing funding for the aquatic facility. The club provided $100,000 towards the project, which is an incredible effort from a local sporting group,” Ms McGowan said.
“This is a fantastic example of the Indi Way - all tiers of government and the community working together to achieve a great result.”
The funds will go towards building a new solar-heated 50-metre outdoor pool, with a toddler and a hydrotherapy area under the Rural City of Wangaratta’s $13.5m Aquatic Strategy Project. The State Government has committed $1.5m to the project while Wangaratta council will contribute $7.5m to the project.
Ms McGowan said the facility would bring economic, tourism and health benefits to the community.
“A fully equipped 50-metre outdoor pool will provide opportunities for Wangaratta to host major swimming carnivals that will encourage people to come to the region. The hydrotherapy pool will complement the medical services already within Wangaratta,” Ms McGowan said.
“The project will provide more than 50 jobs during construction and 41 ongoing jobs after completion. The new facility will give Wangaratta and the North East region a start-of-the-art aquatic facility that will serve the community well into the future.
“I thank Minister for Infrastructure John McVeigh and Senator Bridget McKenzie for their parts in bringing this funding to Indi.”
The Government committed $200 million in the 2018–19 Federal Budget to deliver a third round of funding in the BBRF. Applications are expected to open in coming months.