Friday, 19 March 2021

For the first time in the region, the greater Wangaratta community now has access to a dedicated hydrotherapy pool and a new FINA-compliant 50 metre outdoor pool, thanks to a $1.5 million grant and $6 million low-interest loan from the Victorian Government towards the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today joined Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at local celebrations to officially open the new facilities at the newly transformed Wangaratta Sports and Aquatic Centre.

At 17 metres in length and set at 35 degrees Celsius, the new hydrotherapy pool provides the perfect space for gentle exercise, aqua therapy, fitness and recovery.

The hydrotherapy pool comes complete with a ramp and lift, as well as an adjacent fully accessible Changing Places facility.

A Council study revealed that demand for the use of hydrotherapy in the region is expected to increase by 50 per cent in the first year, and an additional 40 per cent and 20 percent in the second and third years.

With local health care providers and specialists set to run programs at the new facility, the hydrotherapy pool will benefit everyone in the community, especially seniors, people recovering from injuries and all-abilities residents.

The new hydrotherapy pool also complements the recently completed 50 metre pool for lap swimmers, local favourites the Wangaratta Amateur Swimming Club, water polo, school swimming carnivals, local swim competitions and training, as well as the new recreational toddler’s wading pool at the centre.

Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.

Ms Symes acknowledged the Federal Government, Rural City of Wangaratta, and the Wangaratta Amateur Swimming Club for their commitment and financial contribution to the rebuild of the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatic Centre.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“From learn-to-swim classes to aqua therapy, the new centre ticks all the boxes when it comes to encouraging locals to get active and healthy and will help ensure families have the necessary water safety skills over summer and beyond.”


“By providing dedicated quality sport and recreation facilities where they are needed most, we’re offering Victorians of all ages and abilities more opportunities to get back into the sport and active lifestyles they love.”