A major step toward redevelopment of the Armadale Aquatic Centre was achieved today when the Federal Government finalised $10 million funding toward the much anticipated project.
Funding for the $26 million upgrade comprises $10 million from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants program, $1 million from the WA State Government, while the lion’s share will come from the City itself.
At a contract presentation with Senator Linda Reynolds at the facility today, Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM JP said the City was delighted to receive the funding, which will see the project delivered to the community much earlier than anticipated.
“Our community has been waiting for the construction of an indoor aquatic centre for many years, with redevelopment originally scheduled for 2019/20, and it will now be completed by the end of 2018,” he said.
“We campaigned for this project since the early 1990s with over $4.5 million in preparatory work already completed by the City.
“The $10 million Federal Funding contribution means the people of Armadale will save nearly $16 million in borrowings and interest over the ensuing decades.
“The redevelopment will result in a fantastic modern facility that will include an all season’s 25 metre pool, indoor leisure pool, program pool, crèche, gym and group fitness room.”
Senator Reynolds welcomed the signing of contracts and said it was an important next step in delivering the much-needed project.
“This redevelopment will provide Armadale with a fully-integrated year-round facility, ensuring the community’s recreation, leisure and social needs are well-catered for,” she said.
“The redevelopment has been a long time in the making and a heated indoor facility is something the late Member for Canning Don Randall advocated strongly for.
“Children and families, no matter where they live in Perth, deserve the same level of community facilities, and (along with Matt O’Sullivan) I am delighted to have fought for and been able to deliver this wonderful facility – I know Don Randall will be smiling on his beloved community today.”