The Alexandra Oval Reserve and Gardens precinct received a major boost today when Premier Denis Napthine announced an election commitment of $765,000 in funding to re-open the Ararat Outdoor Pool and enhance the greater sporting precinct.
- $765,000 for Alexandra Oval and Gardens Precinct under a re-elected Coalition Government
- Funding will help re-open Ararat’s outdoor pool
- Napthine Government investing in community sport to build a better regional Victoria
Dr Napthine was joined by Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley in announcing this great news for the Ararat community.
“The Coalition has been proud to be involved in the redevelopment of Ararat’s Alexandra sporting precinct including the new $3.8 million Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre which will officially open next week,” Dr Napthine said.
“A re-elected Coalition Government will provide a further $765,000 to this important community asset and make it one of regional Victoria’s best precincts of its type.
“The Ararat Outdoor Pool fell into a state of disrepair under the previous Labor government, but through the work of local candidates Scott Turner and Louise Staley we’ve listened to the community and will be providing $350,000 for a new kiosk and change rooms at the pool.
“The popularity of the Ararat Outdoor Pool with the local community is apparent with so many dedicated local residents campaigning for its re-opening.
Mr Turner said the new community centre and re-opened outdoor pool will be complemented by $340,000 in funding which will go towards enhancing the broader precinct.
“The Coalition will provide funding that unlocks the potential of the whole sport and recreation precinct. This will include upgrading and building new pathways, fencing and car parking that will link the pool, gardens, oval and tennis courts,” Mr Turner said.
Ms Staley said that a re-elected Coalition Government will also provide $25,000 to upgrade the kiosk area at the YMCA Centre’s Indoor Pool and $50,000 towards a master plan to examine how the outdoor pool and indoor facilities can be best integrated for optimal community use and benefit.
“This is great news for the Ararat community and will ensure that more people, are more active, more often,” Ms Staley said.
“The funding will ensure that we have the best possible facilities for the local community – for young people, families and the elderly to use and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.