It will be all systems go for a $3-million upgrade of Wauchope Pool under a re-elected Joyce-Turnbull Government, with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce today committing $1.5-million funding to the project.
The Federal Nationals Leader was visiting Wauchope today at the invitation of the Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.
“This multi-million dollar upgrade of the Wauchope Pool will not only increase the capacity of the aquatic centre to cater for local use, but also broader regional events including swimming and diving events,” Mr Joyce said.
“I can see Council has begun work on reconstructing the Olympic Pool to meet current competition standards and with this additional funding package I am announcing today on behalf of a re-elected Coalition Government, a new grandstand will be constructed along with a new children’s waterpark.
“The Coalition Government has an unwavering focus on jobs and growth and I understand this project will support 14 jobs during construction and 9 jobs on completion.
“Those numbers underline the importance of local projects like this one, which provide top shelf facilities for regional communities and also lead to plenty of spinoff benefits for local businesses and tradies.”
Dr Gillespie said the new waterpark would also feature a shaded interactive splash play area, and paid tribute to the local pool steering committee, and in particular, Wauchope Pool Association president Di Gilbert on years of campaigning to make the project become a reality.
“As a local resident, I have been a regular user of the pool in the past and I know for many years Di has been campaigning to bring the facility up to scratch to meet its full potential not only for local residents, but the entire region,” Dr Gillespie said.
“With today’s commitment from a re-elected Coalition Government, I am delighted to say Di’s efforts and the work of her committee have paid off. It’s a fantastic day for the Wauchope community.”
Dr Gillespie said the upgrade would not only cater for the immediate catchment area of Wauchope, but also the broader North Coast population.
“The new facilities at the pool will deliver new health and fitness programmes, new recreational and tourism opportunities, as well as regional event opportunities which will deliver an enormous boost to Wauchope and the broader Hastings economy,” he said.