The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, has thrown her support behind Richmond Valley Council’s application for Federal funding for the Evans Head and District Aquatic Centre.

Ms Saffin has written to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, strongly supporting the council’s application for $3.4 million for the project under the Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“Along with the local community I consider this aquatic centre to be essential infrastructure for this growing coastal centre,” she said.

“Evans Head must be one of the few towns of its size on the North Coast without a pool and it clearly needs a venue where local children can learn to swim and be safe in the water.

“Currently learners and competitive swimmers have to travel considerable distance to Lismore or Ballina to access adequate public pools.

“The proposed aquatic centre, with 25 metre heated pool, wading pool and fitness centre, has been a goal of the local community for 17 years.

“The fact that the community has raised $400,000 towards the project demonstrates the remarkable local commitment to the project.

“I have pushed the case for the aquatic centre project in my representations to Minister Albanese, and will continue to do so, as I see the Evans Head Aquatic Centre as a priority for Page.”