HRCC welcomes Federal Government Aquatic Centre change rooms grant

Horsham Rural City Council has welcomed a $331,000 Commonwealth Government contribution that will deliver new accessible change rooms at Horsham Aquatic Centre.

Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster on Friday announced the funding as part of the Building Better Regions Fund.

It will deliver building extensions to the indoor pool hall on the Hamilton Street side of the Aquatic Centre. Included will be two family rooms and two accessible change rooms to allow a person with a disability to access both the indoor and outdoor pools.

There will also be an undercover outdoor function space for events such as birthday parties.

“On behalf of Council I would like to thank the Federal Government for this valuable boost for our local economy,” Mayor Robyn Gulline said.

“Particular thanks go to Dr Webster MP who was instrumental in getting the funding after she visited the aquatic centre and heard our case for the development.

“In conjunction with the $384,000 we have allocated in the Budget for 2021-2022, the $331,000 Federal Government allocation gives us the funding we need to see the project come to fruition,” she said.

Horsham Aquatic Centre was constructed in 2007 and Cr Gulline said the new change rooms would help keep the facility modern and better meet the needs of the community.

“Contemporary leisure facilities now offer more than just a place to swim, they are a destination, a place to gather and socialise,” she said.

“Facilities must be flexible to ensure capacity to offer new programs as they develop. The new family rooms, change rooms and function space will allow us to provide programs for all ages and abilities.”

The project will go to tender before the end of this year and is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2022.

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