Budget brings indoor pool for Moorabool

By Olivia Condous

Bacchus Marsh will gain a new indoor pool as the state government announced $10 million in funding to go towards the Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews visited Bacchus Marsh on May 4 to announce that the state government would contribute funding for a new indoor pool.

Moorabool Shire mayor Tom Sullivan said the announcement was welcome news and brought the council a step closer to delivering a completed aquatic facility.

“There is widespread community support for this project and a high demand for year-round pool facilities in Bacchus Marsh, with 56 per cent of surveyed pool users having to travel outside the Shire to participate in swimming activities at indoor pools in other municipalities,” Mayor Sullivan said.

The council has called on the federal government to commit funding to the project.

“Council has committed $15 million in future years to fund this project and we are calling on the

candidates for the federal election to match this funding,” Mayor Sullivan.

“We have previous had an election commitment from the federal Labor government, we need that commitment from both sides so no matter who forms government, we can deliver this facility to our community.”

According to the council, the project will help to generate $100 million in economic activity and create more than 200 direct and indirect jobs.

Mayor Sullivan said the council was committed to delivering a “state of the art” sporting precinct for the Moorabool community.

“With 65 per cent of our working population leaving the Shire every day for work, we need infrastructure to support the community to help remove the need for our population to leave the Shire every day,

With the addition of the regional bowls facility, council with the support of state government will be delivering a $70 million world class sporting precinct for the growing community of Moorabool Shire and surrounds.”