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Formal recognition of funding promise.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2005

The Australian Government has formally presented Launceston Council with $4 million promised for its Regional Aquatic Centre.

Federal Member for Bass Michael Ferguson today officially confirmed the arrangement with Mayor Janie Dickenson.

“I anticipate the Aquatic Centre will continue to be a very important part of Launceston’s social infrastructure,” he said.

“It will allow families to spend more time together even in the cooler months as this will provide a

first-class heated aquatic centre for the region.

“It will provide further health benefits for the community and give better all-year access to schools for various swim programmes.”

Mr Ferguson said it was important to note that this facility would not just be for the ratepayers of Launceston, but for the entire region.

“The reason I was able to convince the Prime Minister of this funding was it will benefit the wider community and this is what appealed to him,” he said.

“The funding of this aquatic centre is an election promise delivered and a key plank in my three year plan for Bass.

“Construction of the facility will begin next year and I am very much looking forward to its opening in early 2007. Windmill Hill has long been part of the city’s character and this redevelopment will ensure it remains so for years to come.”

Mr Ferguson also noted today that he is currently supporting moves for a regional tennis centre in Launceston, which will also provide an outlet for exercise and social participation and could attract new tournaments to the region.