Aquatic cen­tre pledge

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A NEW pub­lic swim­ming pool planned for Torquay will be fully funded un­der a pre-elec­tion pledge from the fed­eral Op­po­si­tion.

The La­bor Party will an­nounce to­day its prom­ise to splash $15 mil­lion on the new Torquay aquatic cen­tre, which will be built in the town’s north. The prom­ise means the $25 mil­lion pro­ject would be fully costed, af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment made a $10 mil­lion pledge prior to last month’s Vic­to­rian elec­tion.

The aquatic cen­tre will in­clude a 25-me­tre in­door swim­ming pool com­plete with eight lanes, a fully equipped gym­na­sium, creche fa­cil­i­ties, cafe, learn to swim pool and health con­sult­ing suites.

It will be the first pub­lic in­door swim­ming pool to be built in Torquay.

La­bor can­di­date for Co­rangamite Libby Coker said it was a much-needed fa­cil­ity.

“The Torquay Aquatic and Leisure Cen­tre will be­come an es­sen­tial part of the Surf Coast com­mu­nity,” she said.

“This fan­tas­tic lo­cal fa­cil­ity will mean that chil­dren will have a pub­lic pool where they can learn to swim and older peo­ple will be able to en­joy ex­er­cise and ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits, with­out the need to travel.”

A va­cant block of land next to Surf Coast Shire’s head­quar­ters has been ear­marked as the lo­ca­tion for the new aquatic cen­tre.

Calls for a pub­lic pool in Torquay date back to as early as the 1970s, while cam­paign­ing hit fever pitch in 2015 when lo­cals pinned bathers to a fence at a ma­jor in­ter­sec­tion en­ter­ing town.

But Surf Coast Shire re­jected the pro­posal be­cause of ex­pected high run­ning costs.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is yet to make a fund­ing com­mit­ment to­wards the pro­ject.

In re­cent weeks, fed­eral Co­rangamite MP Sarah Hen­der­son has placed pub­lic pres­sure on Surf Coast Shire to for­mally ap­ply for money from her gov­ern­ment to help pay for the new cen­tre.

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