A petition with 3,575 signatures calling for the State Government to help fund Traralgon’s new aquatic centre has been tabled in Parliament by Member for Morwell Russell Northe.
Mr Northe tabled the petition yesterday, supported by Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath.
“The petition has been signed by people from Traralgon and the wider Gippsland area, and it sends a clear message to the Andrews Labor Government that our community requires assistance to upgrade our pool complex,” Mr Northe said.
“Traralgon’s population is around 28,000 people, yet we don’t have an all-weather public swimming pool like other regional centres do.
Our current 50 metre outdoor pool was opened in 1959, over half a century ago, and it is outdated and underused.
“There are some terrific indoor aquatic centres in other parts of regional Victoria that get used all year round for fitness and competition, for teaching kids to swim in a safe place, and for rehabilitation, as well as other activities and events.”
In last year’s election campaign the Liberal-Nationals Coalition pledged $9 million to support Latrobe City Council’s proposal for a $30 million Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre project.
The Andrews Labor Government has not pledged any funding or support for upgrading Traralgon’s pool.
“Our petition shows there is very strong support for upgrading Traralgon’s pool, and I hope the Labor Government notes the huge number of signatures and gets behind this terrific project with some funding,” Mr Northe said.
Ms Bath said it was disappointing the pledge by the Liberal-Nationals Coalition was not matched during last year’s election campaign but it wasn’t too late for the Andrews Labor Government to get onboard.
“Russell and I will keep pushing for State government funds. I am always asked about funding for the pool redevelopment whenever I am in and around Traralgon, and the petition we’ve taken to Parliament this week is further proof of our community’s strong interest and support,” Ms Bath said.
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