• Pool outcome anticipated next month

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    HOPE FLOATS: Council is waiting on whether it will be successful with money it needs to build a new pool at the Barr Reserve.

    WANGARATTA council won’t have to wait long to find out if it is getting $4.4 million to build a new 50-metre outdoor pool at the Barr Reserve with a mid-year timeframe being confirmed by the Commonwealth Government.

    A spokesperson for Regional Development Minister John McVeigh said the assessment of round two Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) applications is “progressing very well” and successful projects will be announced “around the middle of the year”.

    It’s Wangaratta council’s fourth tilt at attracting the federal money needed (previously under National Stronger Regions Fund) to build the pool that will serve as a replacement for the existing Olympic pool, a dilapidated facility that was built in 1956.

    Rural city mayor Ken Clarke said if council was to fail again at securing the funds they would have to decide if they would go it alone in funding the estimated $8.9m aquatic facility.

    “There are a few accountants at the table who loath the idea of building a new pool based on council having to borrow twice the $5m we plan to borrow already,” Cr Clarke said.

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