Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis has today confirmed Federal funding of $25 million for the construction of the Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Precinct at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay.
In making the announcement Mrs Sudmalis said the funding from the Regional Growth Fund which will leave no doubt about the long awaited funding commitment.
Mrs Sudmalis said "the project is great news for the region following a highly competitive assessment process that saw more than 300 applications being received from state, territory and local governments, businesses and not-for-profit organisations."
“The successful project will see the construction and fit out of a 25 metre 8-lane pool with ramp access, therapy pool and spa, gym and group fitness area as well as a café, 500-seat auditorium and a gallery and exhibition space.”
“This represents a significant boost for Batemans Bay and the Eurobodalla region and is a matched grant which was contributed by the NSW State Government through the advocacy of the Member for Bega, the Hon Andrew Constance,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund provides grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects that create regional jobs and support long-term economic growth.
“The Regional Growth Fund is specifically designed to fund projects that have been carefully assessed as having real potential to generate jobs and economic growth in regional communities across Australia,” Mr McCormack said.
“Successful applications for grants under the fund focus on building on existing strengths, re-invigorating industries and tapping into a region’s tourism potential.
“The Regional Growth Fund will be a significant source of much needed investment in our regions.”
Video and photo courtesy of Fight For Batemans Bay 50m pool