Senator Sarah Henderson joined representatives from City of Greater Geelong, Liberal candidate for Corangamite Stephanie Asher and community members to turn the first sod on Stage 1 of the North Bellarine Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Drysdale on Thursday 28 April.

“I am so thrilled that construction of the Stage 1 50 metre outdoor, heated pool – complete with changerooms, kiosk and spectator lawn – is underway,” Senator Henderson said.

“Backed by $10 million from the Morrison Liberal Government, a commitment not matched by Labor, this is truly a wonderful day for Corangamite residents on the Bellarine.

“The Morrison Liberal Government is helping to deliver this world class aquatic facility in Drysdale which boost health and wellbeing across our community, including for more than 3,500 students attending local schools.

“It is time that the state Labor Government – which has not committed one dollar to this project – got on board.

As for the federal Labor Party, its refusal to back council’s plan demonstrates, once again, that they are completely out of touch with our community.

Liberal candidate for Corangamite, Stephanie Asher, said that a re-elected Morrison Government will also commit $20 million to Stage 2 of this aquatic centre which will include indoor a warm water learn to swim and program pool, a toddler pool play area, a gym and allied health services.

“I am so proud to be part of delivering such a wonderful asset for our community, this is an incredible win for the Bellarine,” Ms Asher said.

“This brings to $30 million in total funding, committed by the Morrison government, for this vital project.

“Kane Constructions will employ 60 people over the life of the project with many staff, subcontractors and suppliers residing within the Bellarine Peninsula, a wonderful boost for local jobs.”

Only the Morrison Government has a plan to continue delivering a strong economy and a stronger future for the residents of Corangamite.

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29 April 2022