Delivering The Community Facilities Eltham Needs

27 February 2019

People in Eltham now have access to the upgraded facilities they need thanks to a funding boost for two key projects from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today officially opened the Eltham Leisure Centre Aquatic redevelopment project, which received a funding boost of $6.8 million from the Labor Government.

The $20.2 million redevelopment includes a 25 metre, eight lane indoor pool, warm water program pool both with ramp access, learn to swim pool, fully accessible spa and sauna, upgraded change spaces, an outdoor water play area and improved landscaping and car parking.

The project has been delivered by Nillumbik Shire Council, which has contributed $13.4 million towards the redevelopment.

The Labor Government invested $3.8 million from the 2016/17 round of the Growing Suburbs Fund, as well as a $3 million grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria's Community Facility Funding Program - Better Pools.

The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $20 million into the Nillumbik Shire Council for 13 projects, including $500,000 for the Edendale Community Environment farm which also opened today.

The $898,400 Edendale Community Environment farm project has helped transform the site into a more accessible community asset that better caters to environmental education, events and community use.

Works include a new kiosk, outdoor retail space and nursery hothouses, an outdoor teaching space, upgrades to the existing wetlands, the creation of a children’s sensory garden and nature play space and more public amenities.

Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“By working with the Nillumbik Shire Council we’re making sure that people in Eltham have access to the community facilities they need to thrive – these projects are delivering great local places for the community to come together.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

“We’re investing in the upgraded sporting facilities that Eltham needs, delivering a great local centre that everyone in the community can enjoy.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham Vicki Ward

“Having used the Leisure Centre since I was young, I’m very happy to see the transformation of the pool and outside area.”

“Edendale Farm has long needed an improved area for local families to gather – our Growing Suburbs Fund has allowed Nillumbik to invest in much needed infrastructure Nillumbik has long waited to deliver.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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