A COMMITMENT to provide $7.5 million towards the $14.6m aquatics plan was passed by the Rural City of Wangaratta after a heated special council meeting on Monday.
The council report sets out a path to seek $4m from the Federal Government and $3m from the State Government, which it would match in $7.5m borrowings, with the remaining $100,000 to come from Wangaratta Swim Club.
Administrators passed the recommendation for funding unanimously.
Council corporate services director, Ruth Kneebone, said the rural city was advised during recent meetings in Canberra that it had to explicitly say it would match government funding.
“This report consolidates council’s financial commitment to the aquatic plan,” she said.
Wangaratta resident, Malcolm Carson, was one member of the public gallery worried about the high costs of the Wangaratta Aquatic Plan for the Future.
“$14 million, it’s extravagantly too dear,” he said.
“If we’re going to put an exorbitant amount of money onto the future councillors that are going to be elected, why isn’t this being put off until the new council is elected?”