Chesters welcomes $5m for Aquatic Centre

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has welcomed news the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre will receive $5 million in funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund, ticking off another item on her first term agenda.

“The Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre is one of those projects I have supported since prior to being elected. As the local Federal Member it is my role to advocate on behalf of those applying for Federal Government funding and I was quite surprised the Council did not apply for funding in the first round. However, it was good to be able to lobby for the funding this time and I’m glad to see it finally get the go ahead. 

“What’s more, today’s announcement will allow the Council to re-direct the $5M it had earmarked for the project towards more traditional council projects like upgrading footpaths and investing in local, community-based sporting facilities. 

“The City has been subject to a great number of funding cuts under this Federal Government, including freezing the indexation of the Financial Assistance Grants, so it’s great to have a positive funding announcement today.” 

Ms Chesters said it was unfortunate that other very worthwhile projects, including the Aspire precinct at Bendigo Cathedral, had not been successful. 

“A number of local groups who applied for funding in this round will understandably be very disappointed to have missed out this time. I will be seeking feedback on why they were not successful and will of course offer to work with them on future funding submissions. 

“It’s important that Federal Government partners with local government and community organisations and I will be encouraging those who missed out to apply again in the next round.”