Birthday splash: Minister Hutchins commits to Sunbury pool

Splash: Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Pool party: Minister Natalie Hutchins, Josh Bull MP and Hume Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou.
Hume City Council was ecstatic, after the Victorian Government announced today it would contribute $2 million towards a new warm water pool at the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, has said.

Cr Patsikatheodorou this morning joined the Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, at Sunbury.

“The Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre turned 50 yesterday, and this is the best birthday present anyone could ever imagine,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Hume City Council has planned a new indoor pool that will measure 15 metres by 12 metres, because the current 25 metre indoor pool has reached full capacity.

“We’re thrilled that the Victorian Government will allocate $2 million towards this $4 million project, because the warm water pool will benefit generations of Sunbury residents.

“Hume has proposed a terrific design, which will include space for ramp access and a spa.

“The pool shall help residents to exercise their muscles and develop greater strength, and it will be particularly useful to anyone with mobility issues.

“It is designed to assist people who require rehabilitation to reduce muscle spasm, improve balance, and build stamina, and studies have proven that exercise in a warm water pool can relieve pain by 40 per cent.”

Construction will commence from June 2016, and is expected to be complete by September 2017.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the new warm water pool would also assist anybody who wanted to learn to swim.

“At the moment, our current indoor pool is very busy with after-school swimming classes between 4.00pm and 7.30pm,” she said.

“The warm water pool will supply more room for swimming programs, and also offer local sportspeople a space where they can recover from physical games.

“This new development will mean locals from Sunbury won’t have to travel outside of the township to access a pool that can assist in their exercise or rehabilitation.”

The project is expected to assist Sunbury residents as the town’s population increases in the years ahead.

Forecasters predict that the number of residents in Sunbury will grow by more than 48 per cent between now and 2031, as an additional 18,000 people decide to call the town home.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council sincerely thanked the Victorian Government for its decision to invest in the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

“Hume City Council applied for a grant in support of the warm water pool through the Interface Growth Fund,” she said.

“We put in a very strong application, and Council is grateful to be part of a program that is designed to grow infrastructure in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

“I was very happy today to welcome Minister Hutchins to the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and both of us appreciated the chance to have a splash in one of the outdoor pools, with the State Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull.

“Hume City Council thanks Mr Bull, who has advocated tirelessly on behalf of local residents.”

For further information about the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 7 March 2016

Updated : 11:45 AM, 8 March 2016

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