Jun 10, 2010

Funding for Barossa Aquatic and Fitness Centre upgrade

Funding for Barossa Aquatic and Fitness Centre upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 10 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $2 million to redevelop the Barossa Aquatic and Fitness Centre in Tanunda, South Australia.

Mark Butler, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, made the announcement today with Barossa Council Mayor Brian Hurn OAM.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said that the project is expected to support 200 jobs during construction, as well as another 15 jobs over the longer term, delivering an economic boost to the Barossa.

“This is about creating jobs in the local economy today while delivering lasting benefits for the community,” he said.

Mr Butler said that the project was worth $15.5 million in total.

“The centre will include a new crèche and lift for disability access, as well as upgraded aerobic facilities, meaning more residents will be able to gain access to the health benefits of visiting this facility,” he said.

“After the upgrade is complete the Centre will be far better equipped to run ‘Learn to Swim’ programs and sporting competitions including water sports, indoor soccer, netball and bowls.”

The Barossa Council project is expected to include:

  • Construction of a purpose-built crèche and new mezzanine viewing deck;
  • Installation of a lift to provide disability access;
  • Upgraded amenities, change room and aerobic facilities; and
  • Use of energy-efficient natural lighting and zoned air conditioning.

Mr Albanese said the funding is part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which is delivering a record $1 billion for nearly 5,000 projects across the nation.

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.