Sharkie makes a splash with $5M for indoor aquatic centre
Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has secured a further $5 million towards plans to build a Mount Barker-based Regional Indoor Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
“With this $5 million, the Federal Government has now committed $15 million to what is estimated to be a $30 million project for just Stage 1, so I am pleased that my advocacy has brought this project a significant step forward," Rebekha said.
“Mount Barker is a rapidly growing region and it lacks an indoor community aquatic centre.
“The ageing outdoor Mountain Pool is in a beautiful location and is held in great affection by the local community but it was built 60 years ago and it doesn’t meet the needs of a growing population, particularly as only open during the short hills summer.
“An indoor facility catering for families, lap swimming and water therapy has been flagged by the community as something sadly missing from a major regional centre and this funding brings construction that much closer.”
Stage 1 of the proposal involves the construction of a 25m x 10-lane lap pool; a ‘learn to swim’ pool; a leisure pool; warm water therapy pool; a gym and wellness centre and kiosk.
Mount Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson said: “We very much appreciate the support of the Federal Government on this project and acknowledge their significant contribution to assisting us to deliver this for our community.
“This is a major facility for our region and I’m pleased that our community’s advocacy has been heard by Rebekha Sharkie.
"We will be working with our State Government representatives to secure their financial support to ensure this facility is delivered in a timely manner and meeting the needs of our community.”
Photo: Mount Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson, left, and Rebekha.