Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    Millions to help improve regional pools

    5/02/2016 12:00 PM
     
    • About $3 million to revitalise regional pools
    • Funding for 94 aquatic facilities in Western Australia

    Municipal pools across regional Western Australia will be sparkling over the summer, thanks to funding from the Community Pool Revitalisation Program.

     

    Sport and Recreation and Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the program gave funding to eligible regional local government authorities to help with the maintenance and upgrade of their aquatic centre facilities.

     

    The program is funded through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, with $13.2 million provided over four years.

     

    Annual funding is available for up to $32,000 per aquatic centre, and $10,000 per water playground when it is at a primary aquatic facility.

     

    "As well as being a recreation hub, pools are often the social and community centre of many regional centres," Ms Davies said.

     

    In this round, $2,938,667 was granted to 94 aquatic facilities across regional WA comprising of 92 aquatic centres with swimming pools and two water playgrounds.

     

    "Aquatic centres are important facilities, particularly in regional and remote communities. There is evidence that when they are well patronised, they help reduce chronic disease and improve educational and social outcomes," the Minister said.

     

    "We also know that active children learn better; aside from the mental and physical benefits, there are also great community and social outcomes for kids who are active.

     

    "This Royalties for Regions investment increases the vibrancy and liveability of regional WA communities."

     

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