Media Release - Labor will invest $10 million for a new indoor pool at Botany Aquatic Centre

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $10 million to help build a new multi-purpose indoor pool at Botany Aquatic Centre, ensuring the local community has access to a modern swimming facility year-round.

The new indoor pool will help provide vitally important swimming lessons for local children in the community during the winter months.

Botany Aquatic Centre is one of the few remaining pools in Sydney that closes from April to October.

Labor’s $10 million investment will go towards a new indoor pool for swim lessons, lap swimming, hydrotherapy, fitness classes and leisure activities. The new pool will also support disability swim activities and have ramp access.

The total cost of the project to be delivered by Bayside Council is estimated to be $24 million.

Labor Member for Kingsford Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite, said the funding commitment will help deliver significant benefits for the local community.

“It’s so sad to see the much loved Botany Aquatic Centre close each year during the colder months. This investment by Labor will make sure that is in the past and that the pool can be enjoyed by our community all year.

“If elected, Labor’s investment in a new 25 metre indoor pool will allow local children to continue with swimming lessons throughout winter and ensure water safety remains a priority in our community.

“I’ve been campaigning for this on behalf of our community for years and it’s great to see our calls for a new indoor pool become a reality. I thank all the community members who supported our campaign,” Mr Thistlethwaite added.

The $10 million funding is in addition to the $46 million Labor has committed for extra swimming lessons for kids with the Swim Smart program.

We want to make sure Australian children are strong swimmers and safe in the water and that all kids have access to swimming and water safety lessons in primary school.

From the 2020 school year, Labor will fund additional swimming lessons for schools that need it, catch-up lessons for kids needing extra support, and provide more support for the cost of transport and pool entry fees.

Shadow Minister for Sport, Senator Don Farrell, said Labor is committed to supporting communities to improve local facilities to give all Australians a fair go year-round.

“Labor’s investments in local community infrastructure and leisure facilities like these help communities build capacity to support year-round participation and provide opportunities to more Australians to live active, healthy lifestyles.

“Labor knows that investing in infrastructure isn’t just about building roads and rail – it’s about investing in better lives for the community, through increased access to sports and leisure facilities like this one,” Senator Farrell said.

This is just one example of Labor’s positive plan for our local community.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better hospitals and better schools, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.


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