Federal Coalition Government delivers $500,000 for new indoor pool at Beerwah
Sunshine Coast Hinterland residents will see the health and fitness benefits of a new accessible indoor pool this year following a Federal Government grant of $500,000. Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace announced the grant, which will pay for a 17m indoor program pool, during a visit to its new home, the Beerwah Aquatic Centre.
Mr Wallace said that this investment, delivered from the Coalition Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grants program in the 2019 Federal Budget, would help make the Beerwah Aquatic Centre a genuine sports and fitness hub for the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
“The evidence is clear that staying active plays a huge role in maintaining not only our physical fitness, but our mental health as well. Swimming is a great, low impact way to stay fit and healthy and I am delighted to help give more people throughout the Hinterland the opportunity to get into the water all year round.” Mr Wallace said.
The new pool, including associated seating and a compliant access ramp, will be part of Sunshine Coast Council’s Beerwah Aquatic Centre upgrade project. The project will also include enhancements to the visitor experience with a new entrance, new signage to guide visitors and improved frontage.
“These upgrades will help to make the centre more accessible for all local residents, while the program pool will allow for a wider range of classes and fitness sessions for people of all abilities. Wherever you live in the Hinterland, and whatever your level of fitness, these upgrades will ensure that there will be something for you at the Beerwah Aquatic Centre.”
Beerwah Aquatic Centre has a large and growing catchment area and following the upgrades will fully service Beerwah, Glass House Mountains, Landsborough, Beerburrum, Mooloolah Valley, Peachester and the wider southern hinterland area of the Sunshine Coast.
The Council’s complete Beerwah Aquatic Centre upgrade project will cost $1.86 million and will include contributions of $260,000 from lessee Swim Fit Sunshine Coast, and $1.08 million from the Sunshine Coast Council.
Construction of the new pool, façade upgrades and entryway is expected to be completed in late 2019.
“It is thanks to a budget surplus and responsible economic management that the Liberal National Government can support our local Council in helping Hinterland residents to stay fit and healthy.” Mr Wallace said.
For more information on the Liberal National Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grants program visit https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program