$6million Splash For Wangaratta Aquatic Facilities

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Rural City of Wangaratta complete the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aqautic Centre (WISAC) Project thanks to a $6 million loan from the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans scheme.

Visiting WISAC, Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced that the funds will enable the City of Wangaratta to deliver all of the exciting components of the project including an outdoor 50-metre pool, indoor hydrothereapy pool, splash play area and toddler’s pool.

The new facilities will provide the local community with high-quality health and recreation services.

Along with the existing 25-metre pool, the new 50-metre pool will enable the venue to host National and State level swimming events, elite aquatic training, and additional aquatic sports, such as water polo.

It is expected the construction phase will generate more than 40 direct jobns and eight indirect jobs through materials and equipments requirements, as well as creating more than 50 new ongoing jobs at WISAC.

Today’s announcement follows Labor’s $1.5million cash injection in 2016 towards the hydrotherapy pool and susequent advocacy to encourage the Federal Government to also contribute to the Wangaratta Aquatic Strategy.

The Federal Government finally committed funding this year and now the loan ensures that the project can come to full fruition.

“I congratualte the Wangaratta Council on their vision for this project, it will be a fantastic asset for the entire community well into the future and I’m proud that Labor has again delivered for Wangaratta,” Ms Symes said.

“Labor has made significant investments in Wangaratta sports and recreation facilities across the region including the City Oval Tennis Precinct Multipurpose Sporting Redevelopment, the Wangaratta Tennis and Distric Upgrade Project, and the Wareena park Oval redevelopment, female change rooms for Glenrowan Football/Netball Club and the relocation and construction of a netball court with 100 LUX lighting at the Glenrowan Recreation Reserve Kelly Tigers Netball Courts.

“Labor and I will continue to advocate for the facilities and services Wangaratta families want and need.”

Quotes attributable to Treasurer, Tim Pallas

“Sport and recreation is an integral part of life within the Wangaratta community. The upgraded aquatic facilities will provide the local community with an exceptional venue for leisure, sport and social participation.”

“We’re delighted to give Wangaratta the lending hand they need to upgrade their aquatic centre with new facilities to encourage Victorians to get out and get active.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren

“The Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre is a real community hub in the town. The revamped facilities will help it cater for growing interest and demand for expanded facilities.

“We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

The Government’s $6million contribution will be made through the $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Loans scheme, which provides low-interest loans of between $500,000 and $10 million for councils, clubs and organisations, to deliver and improve community sport and recreation infrastructure.

Since November 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/2019 to support sport and active recreation at all levels throughout the state.