Aquatic plan at $14.6M

Council looks to pursue $7m from governments
BIG SPLASH: Swimmers at the WISAC, which will be central to council's aquatics plan. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

COUNCIL administrators will this afternoon consider supporting a funding plan seeking to amass $14.6 million to transform Wangaratta’s pools and aquatic facilities.

Under the plan recommended by council officers, the Rural City of Wangaratta will look to attract $7.1m in external funding – seeking $4 million from the Federal Government, $3 million from State Government and $100,000 from Wangaratta Swim Club.

Council will look to fund the remaining $7.5m itself, with $1.5m already budgeted for this year, $4.2m to be borrowed next year and a further $1.8m to be borrowed in 2017/18.

The $14.6m would fund the Wangaratta Aquatic Plan for the Future, which council adopted in April.

It seeks to build a new 50-metre outdoor pool adjoining the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre (WISAC), another hydrotherapy pool and toddlers/wading pool inside the WISAC, and develop the Mitchell Avenue splash park.

It also calls for the closure of the existing Yarrunga and Olympic outdoor pools, with council to work with the community on future uses for both sites.

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