Haynes op­poses aquatic cen­tre funds bid

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

CLARE­MONT coun­cil­lor Bruce Haynes did not sup­port his coun­cil’s bid for $1.9 mil­lion State Gov­ern­ment grants for the $8.5 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the Clare­mont Aquatic Cen­tre at the meet­ing last week.

Cr Haynes said the coun­cil could have to re­design the cen­tre’s im­prove­ments if the ap­pli­ca­tion was only par­tially suc­cess­ful for a Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation grant.

Clare­mont will con­trib­ute $2.65 mil­lion to the re­de­vel­op­ment, in ad­di­tion to seek­ing a $4 mil­lion loan and the grant.

Cr Paul Kelly said all coun­cil­lors should vote for the grant ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause that would get greater gov­ern­ment sup­port, but Cr Haynes re­mained the only op­po­nent among the nine coun­cil­lors.

Pic­ture: Jon Bassett

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