Works began today on the $32.5 million Craigieburn Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre project, a state-of-the-art community facility that will include a fitness centre, health and wellness centre and indoor aquatic hall.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, said the Australian Government had committed $9.1 million to the project under Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
“The Fund will provide $1 billion over five years to support priority infrastructure projects like this one in regional communities across Australia,” Mr Truss said.
“I expect to be in a position to announce successful projects for funding under Round Two of the Fund next month.”
Senator for Victoria Scott Ryan, who was onsite to turn the first sod on the project, said works would include constructing a 50 metre competition pool with ten lanes, slides and water play area, gym, hot water program pool, steam and spa.
“The project is expected to create 155 jobs during the construction phase, and 84 ongoing jobs once complete, providing an important boost to the local region,” Senator Ryan said.
“I look forward to watching this progress over the next year, and to eventually seeing locals enjoy the new facilities.”
Mayor of Hume City Council Helen Patsikatheodorou, who was also onsite to celebrate start of works on the water park, said Council was working in partnership with the Australian Government to deliver the community infrastructure project and looked forward to an even stronger partnership over the next year.
“Council will provide $14.3 million, the Victorian Government $3 million and contributors Stockland and Lend Lease will provide $5.7 million and $360,000 respectively,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.
“Congratulations to everyone involved for getting this project moving and thinking long-term for our community.”
Construction on the Craigieburn Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre is expected to be completed in February 2017.