Royalties for Regions will provide Toodyay its first public swimming pool and a long-awaited sport and recreation precinct should The Nationals WA be re-elected to Government next March.
Nationals WA Deputy Leader Mia Davies was in Toodyay in December with local MP Shane Love MLA to announce a $10 million election commitment to construct a multi-purpose sporting hub.
Ms Davies said funding would fast-track plans to develop a public aquatic centre in WA’s second oldest inland town, and fund works to create a sporting precinct that had been a community aspiration for more than 15 years.
“An aquatic facility will include a six-lane, 25m outdoor lap pool, a smaller splash pool with beach entry, splash pad with water playground and passive recreation features,” she said.
“We know aquatic facilities offer enormous social and health benefits I’m pleased to announce these will be available to children and families without enduring the 60km round trip to the nearest public pool in Northam.
“Toodyay’s community has clearly identified its desire to have a pool and improve sporting facilities as high priorities – The Nationals have listened.”
The commitment will also fund a lit multi-purpose oval and separate lit rectangular field, four outdoor netball/basketball courts, an elevated viewing area and multiple change room facilities.
“Toodyay has a vibrant sporting scene with active AFL, hockey, netball, junior soccer, cricket, tennis, lawn bowls and karate clubs serving the local community,” Ms Davies said.
“Expansion of sport and recreation facilities will allow continued growth of participation rates and club memberships in the Shire of Toodyay.”
Member for Moore Shane Love said the project would meet the most immediate sport and recreation needs of the community and replace outdated facilities.
“Toodyay has grown significantly in the last four years, with its population fast approaching 5,000,” he said.
“This facility will get widespread use and provide a venue where locals can stay active, learn new skills, participate in club and competition sport and remain socially connected through sport and recreation.”
Mr Love said the priority status of the project was reflected in the Shire of Toodyay’s Community Strategic Plan.