Aquatic centre pledge
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.