Mission Beach residents are a step closer to cooling off in the hot summer months with initial earthworks nearing completion on a new aquatic facility in North Queensland.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new modern facilities will provide another great attraction in this growing community.
“The local pool is an institution in regional communities and I’m thrilled to see this one take shape,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and aquatic facilities like this do just that.
“As well as providing a great place to cool down, the centre will also host swimming lessons and the hydrotherapy pool gives locals a place to rehabilitate after injuries.”
Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said he was proud to have fought for the funding with former LNP candidate for Kennedy, Noeline Ikin.
“I well remember how passionate Noeline was about delivering this important infrastructure for the local community,” Senator Macdonald said.
“She badgered me, and together we badgered every Minister until we were able to secure funding for this vital project.”
The economic benefits of the investment in local infrastructure is another example of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to regional Australia, Senator Macdonald said.
“Not only is it delivering an additional 30 jobs during construction, and a further 3.5 positions upon completion, a project of this scale has the potential to foster further growth and investment right across the region.”
The Mission Beach Aquatic Centre is a jointly funded project with the Coalition Government contributing $3.49 million, the Queensland Government $3.49 million and the Mission Beach Aquatic and Recreation Club $40,000.