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Labor Government Saves Ararat Pool

29 May 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its commitment to fund the upgrade of the Ararat Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool, saving it from the brink of permanent closure.

Premier Daniel Andrews today visited Ararat to announce the treasured community pool had received a Labor Government lifeline, confirming a $350,000 investment in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

The refurbishment will include a new multi-purpose kiosk with change rooms, showers and toilets – an important first step towards reopening the pool.

Swimming pools are at the heart of regional Victorian towns, where families connect and children learn vital skills. When regional pools are shut down, local kids often have nowhere to go to learn to swim.

Four years after the Ararat Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool was padlocked shut, the Labor Government is giving the Ararat community they pool it has campaigned for.

Facilities like this one play an important role promoting water safety and survival skills. The 2013-14 year in Victoria saw more drowning deaths than our state has seen in a decade. Our investment keeps communities healthy, kids happy and families safe.

The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is giving communities across the state facilities they can be proud of.

Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews

“We promised to reopen Ararat’s Olympic Swimming Pool and we’re keeping our word.”

“The community has worked hard to save this pool. We’re giving families of Ararat a facility they can be proud of.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren

“Swimming pools keep our communities healthy and connected. This upgrade will give locals modern, safe facilities to swim, socialise and stay active.”

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