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Friday, 1st May 2009

$2.2 Million Towards Sapphire Aquatic Centre In Pambula


Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that the Rudd Labor Government will  offer up to $2.2 million towards the Sapphire Aquatic Centre in Pambula on the NSW South Coast.


The Government is providing the majority of funding for this $3.86 million project to deliver a modern heated pool facility in Pambula.


The existing six-lane, 25-metre outdoor pool can only operate for six months of the year because of cold weather.


Federal funding will help redevelop the Sapphire Aquatic Centre pool into an eight-lane, 25-metre, indoor heated pool, which can be used all year.


The funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program - the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia's history.


We are investing in community and sporting facilities like this to support jobs and stimulate local economies during the global economic recession.


I know that the Sapphire Aquatic Centre project has had strong community support. I am pleased that the Government's funding for this project will help make a real difference to the lives of local residents and visitors.


Federal funding for the Bega Valley Shire Council will contribute to construction which is expected to include the following projects:



  •  Widen the existing 25 metre pool from six to eight lanes;

  •  Cover and enclose the swimming complex to enable all year use;

  •  Add a disabled access ramp;

  •  Replace the toddlers' pools with a multi-purpose pool;

  •  Convert the existing amenities block to a gymnasium and club room and construct a new amenities block; and

  •  Construct a kiosk, kitchen and a child minding facility;


The funding announced today builds on the $1.04 million we have already delivered for 29 local infrastructure projects in the Bega Valley Council.


It brings Rudd Government funding for Bega Valley community infrastructure to more than $3.2 million in the last four months.


More than 3,000 community projects are being funded by the Government across Australia to support jobs and deliver long-term benefits in communities.


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Electorate Office

334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

Parliament House Office

PO Box 6022
CANBERRA ACT 2600

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Fax: (02) 6277 8562

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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