Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, and Kate Ellis, Minister for Sport, today announced the Rudd Labor Government would offer $3.4 million for the construction of the new Evans Head Aquatic Centre.

Ms Ellis made the announcement with Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, and Mayor of Richmond Valley Council, Col Sullivan.

The Rudd Government is contributing two-thirds of the funding for this $5.1million project to deliver the long-awaited aquatic centre in Evans Head.

Federal funding is part the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Ms Ellis said Evans Head is one of the few North Coast towns without a swimming pool. “This funding will deliver a project the local community has been championing for 17 years,” she said.

“Managed by the Richmond Valley Council, it will deliver a state-of-art aquatic complex for local families, competitive amateur swimmers, tourists and visitors.” 

Federal funding will contribute to construction of a modern swimming complex the project, which is expected to include:

  • A 25-metre swimming pool;
  • Children’s wading pool;
  • Fitness centre;
  • Amenities block .

Energy efficiency projects, including capture and use of rainwater.

“Once completed, the new aquatic centre will also deliver swimming lessons to local children and promote water safety,” Ms Ellis said.

“The funding announced today builds on nearly $535,000 that we have already delivered for 12 local community projects in the Richmond Valley.”