THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
3 August 2010
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today visited the construction site for the $17 million Alice Springs Aquatic Centre.
The Federal Government has invested more than $8.15 million in the year round indoor sports and leisure centre, which will incorporate the existing outdoor facility, and is due to be completed by February 2010.
The Northern Territory Government has invested $8.1 million and the Alice Springs Town Council has also contributed significantly to the project.
Warren Snowdon said he is committed to building infrastructure that will benefit the Alice Springs community.
“Community infrastructure such as swimming pools enhance the quality of life for people in Alice Springs and can have a dramatic impact on health and education outcomes.
“I have no doubt this facility will be used by families from all over the Centre,” Warren Snowdon said.
“The Alice Springs Aquatic Centre will feature a 25 metre 8 lane indoor lap pool, 15 metre leisure or learn to swim pool, a lazy river, water slides, toilets and change room facilities, stadium seating, a first aid room and cafe area.”
The redevelopment is being managed by the Alice Springs Town Council and will enhance improvements and refurbishments made to the existing outdoor facility which were completed in October 2008.
The Gillard Labor Government has also recently announced further investment in the site, providing $150,000, matched by the Alice Springs Town Council, to provide solar heating to the two new indoor pools and the two existing outdoor pools.
The Federal Government Government’s commitment builds on previous funding of $5.8 million for community infrastructure projects in the Lingiari electorate, including providing public lighting in the CBD and improved CCTV lighting for Todd Mall, as part of the Alice Springs Lighting Project.
Funding for this project is already included in the budget.
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