The Federal Labor Government today announced it would contribute $1.4 million to the $4 million redevelopment of the Alpha Aquatic Centre in Central West Queensland.
The redevelopment includes upgraded facilities and the replacement of the current 50 metre swimming pool with a sustainable, heated 25 metre pool with wheelchair access. The new pool will also have two extra lanes, allowing more people to swim at different levels.
Heating the pool will extend the club’s swimming season, and allow increased use by other community groups in the Barcaldine region.
Good sports infrastructure strengthens communities and the upgraded aquatic centre will help cater for the region’s growing population.
I commend Barcaldine Regional Council for their successful funding application.
This project is a good example of the real benefits of targeted, long-term investment in regional communities.
Overall, the project will support 16 local jobs during construction and five ongoing jobs upon completion.
The project is expected to be completed by end 2014.
Funding is being provided through Round Four of the Regional Development Australia Fund.
More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund can be found at www.regional.gov.au