Having a dip for funding

Council Canberra visit makes waves for $5m grant bid for city’s new pool
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COOL DIP: The Rural City believes a new pool would attract national and state swimming meetings if it can secure the $14 million cost.

CONSTRUCTION of a new 50 metre outdoor pool in Wangaratta could start as early as next April pending a $5 million Federal Government grant.

A team of council administrators and directors met with senior staff from several federal ministries, and Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi), this week to get an indication of funding potential for the pool project.

An application for the $5m under the National Stronger Regions round two funding stream has to be in by the end of July and council director of community wellbeing, Jaime Carroll, believes the rural city is in with a good shot to get it.

“We have received enthusiastic feedback as to whether we would be able to attract such funding and although there are many municipalities vying for the money, Wangaratta is poised well,” Ms Carroll told the Wangaratta Chronicle.

“I am confident with the quality of work which has been put into the application, which is already largely completed.”

The fact council has allocated $1.5m for the design of the pool, which would be located at the Barr Reserve connected to the existing Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre, should also put the application in good stead.

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