Residents in Whittlesea will soon be diving into a modern swim centre facility thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today announced $562,000 for the Whittlesea Swim Centre Refurbishment from the Growing Suburbs Fund ($312,000) and the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) – Small Aquatic Project Category ($250,000).

The funding will go towards a $1.16 million refurbishment to upgrade and improve the existing ageing aquatic infrastructure at the Whittlesea Swim Centre to meet the current community needs.

The improvements are designed to improve safety, enable access for people of all abilities, meet industry standards, and enhance participants’ health and wellbeing.

Works will include the installation of synthetic turf, shade sail structures and new solar PV power to offset the costs of heating water for the pools and centre facilities, upgrades to one of the existing all-abilities accessible change rooms to a Changing Places standard change room, and the installation of a new shed will accommodate storage of new play equipment and chairs.

Stage 2 of the refurbishment, funded by CSIF, will include a new zero depth splash pad, upgraded dry play space and accessibility features. The current facility is outdated and the upgrade will service the needs of the local community by providing water play space to attract pre-school and primary school aged children.

The project will be delivered by Whittlesea City Council, which has contributed $601,042 towards the refurbishment. Ms Green acknowledged council staff for their commitment to developing a modern, safe and accessible facility.

The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $24.19 million into the City of Whittlesea, while across Victoria the Andrews Labor Government has already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities.

In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, over 90 projects will be supported across Victoria thanks to a $60 million boost from the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green 

“It’s great to see the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Whittlesea Swim Centre Refurbishment, providing vital services to growing communities.” 

“The Growing Suburbs Fund supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. It also helps communities thrive and adapt to change.”

“Congratulations to the City of Whittlesea- this boost will go a long way to supporting people in Whittlesea keen to get involved in swimming and water play.

“The Whittlesea Local Government Area has the highest rate of heart disease in Victoria and this upgrade can assist in turning that around. It’s a great example of how we’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.”