Sport and Recreation Regional Development

8-lane indoor swimming pool for Traralgon

 

  • $9 million commitment to build the new Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre, Traralgon
  • Project to deliver competition 50 metre indoor and 25 metre outdoor swimming pools
  • Coalition Government investing in community sport to build a more active Victoria 

Member for Morwell Russell Northe today announced that a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will commit $9 million to build the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre.



Mr Northe said the Coalition will provide significant funding towards delivering a new indoor/outdoor swimming pool centre in Traralgon.



“Once completed, this state of the art aquatic centre will include the only competition 50-metre indoor facility in eastern Victoria. Importantly for locals, this development will include the retention of an outdoor pool for the summer season,” Mr Northe said.



“This is wonderful news for local swimming enthusiasts who are keen to get on the blocks year-round. It would be great to see Gippsland’s next generation of Olympic swimming champions starting their sporting career up and down the lanes of the new Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre.



“This is great news for not only recreational swimmers but for the Traralgon Swimming Club, one of the most successful swimming clubs in Victoria.

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Mr Northe thanked the Latrobe City Council for providing $12 million in funding towards the project.



Newly elected Latrobe City Mayor Dale Harriman said this investment will deliver a heated 50m 8-lane competition indoor pool with a dividing boom, an outdoor 25m 4-lane heated pool, spectator seating and a toddler’s pool.



“There will also be a warm water pool that could be used by health professionals for rehabilitation,” Cr Harriman said.



“This is great news for the local people of Traralgon, Latrobe City and the broader Gippsland region.

“I am confident that the facility will become the centre of swimming in the region, providing huge health and social benefits for Gippsland.

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The Federal Government has also been invited to contribute to the project, with the committed $21 million providing a good position to leverage any additional funding.



Mr Northe said the Coalition Government is committed to a more active, healthier Victoria and recognises the importance of facilities in achieving that goal.



“A new Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre will provide an exciting centre for competition and family recreation swimming in the region, we expect these upgrades to grow swimming participation in the region,” Mr Northe said.