$10m in funding for Mount Barker pool

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018

$10m in funding for Mount Barker pool

Another ageing aquatic centre is set to get a makeover, thanks to a $10m federal government funding contribution announced earlier this week.

The Mountain Pool in Mount Barker, South Australia, was built in 1955 and is seriously overdue for a revamp. The new project will incorporate three indoor swimming pools, a community recreation space and an indoor multipurpose stadium. There are plans for an outdoor pool in the future, with land being set aside for that purpose.

Mount Barker District Council (MBDC) applied for the grant in January this year under the government’s Infrastructure Projects Stream of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). BBRF was designed to create jobs, drive growth and support regional communities across Australia, with the Infrastructure stream intended to cover new construction or upgrades to existing infrastructure that will demonstrably provide economic and social benefit. MBDC conducted an ‘aquatic needs analysis’ in 2015 and in 2016 developed a business plan for the aquatic centre in support of its application.

Under the BBRF scheme, successful projects must be completed by 31 December 2020. The total cost of the endeavour will hit around $25 million, so MBDC has also approached the state government to seek additional funding.

Image credit: © leungchopan/Dollar Photo Club

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