Federal Elections: Liberal and Labor to Increase Funding for the Alkimos Aquatic and Recreation Center

A re-elected federal Liberal government will make a splash in north Perth, promising to invest another $30 million in building a new Alkimos pool.

The pledge comes the week before Labor’s announcement that it would contribute $25 million.

The funding promises come on top of a $5 million pledge by federal liberals in 2019.

Camera icon Liberal candidate for Pearce Linda Aitken and Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces funding for the Alkimos Aquatic and Recreation Center. Credit: Facebook

The city of Wanneroo has pushed for more federal and state funding for the proposed Alkimos Aquatic and Recreation Center, even enlisting the help of two-time Olympic swimmer Blair Evans.

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Currently, $40 million has been allocated to the project, including initial funding commitments of $10 million from the state government and $5 million from the liberal federal government.

Camera icon An artist’s impression of the recreational pool for the intended water and recreation center Alkimos. Credit: delivered city of Wanneroo

However, an additional $30 million is needed to ensure the city can realize the full scope of the project.

Wanneroo has only one public water supply, and in 2011, the need for another was identified as a priority.

“With the nearest public swimming pool 30 minutes away for many people in our community, this will change the game, especially for families whose young children are learning to swim,” said Liberal candidate for Pearce Linda Aitken.

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“Our northern suburbs are growing rapidly, so it is critical that our sports and leisure facilities can keep up with increasing demand, and that is exactly what this announcement does.”

Camera icon An artist’s impression of the learning pool for the proposed Alkimos Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Credit: delivered city of Wanneroo

Ms. Aitken, who Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined to make the announcement, said just under an additional $30 million “would only cause further delays as more funds are raised, or the project is scaled back”.

“The community has clearly shown that this is a project that they want all levels of government to go through and build,” she said.

During the announcement of Labor’s funding, it was noted that the Department of Education expects 28 primary and seven secondary schools to eventually be built between Alkimos and Two Rocks, with three new schools to open between 2021 and 2023.

“It is clear to everyone that the fast-growing northern corridor deserves a modern swimming pool accessible to the entire community,” said Minister of Shade Infrastructure Catherine King.

Camera icon Two-time Olympic swimmer Blair Evans and Labor candidate for Pearce Tracey Roberts. Credit: Included

“By building this pool, local children can learn to swim locally, others can play sports, and older residents can rehabilitate.”

Labor candidate for Pearce Tracey Roberts said the funding commitment was a “great outcome for our community”.

“Every week, more families are moving into our area, increasing the demand for improved social infrastructure,” she said.

While the facility’s final design has yet to be determined, it is expected to include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym, sports fields, and fitness facilities, a banquet hall, a crèche, and a cafe.

Camera icon Premier Scott Morrison announces the center in Girrawheen. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Mr. Morrison joined the Liberal candidate for Cowan, Vince Connelly, to announce a $1.6 million election pledge for a new Vietnamese cultural center in Girrawheen.

This is in addition to the government’s commitment of $750,000 in 2019.

“The Vietnamese Community in Australia – WA (VCAWA) is currently based in Koondoola Community Hall and has quickly outgrown the space,” sai.d Mr Connelly.

“The Vietnamese community in Cowan has long told me about the need for their center to unite and celebrate their rich and vibrant culture.”

Ms. Roberts also announced this week that an elected Labor government would provide $1.5 million to realize the city of Wanneroo’s bicycle plan to create a safer and more reasonable commute for all road users.

This builds on funding already committed by the state government.

The funding will help realize the priority Hartman Drive bike path, which connects Ocean Reef Road and Gnangara Drive with a dual-use way.

The full plan foresees more than 46 km of new cycle paths and 35 km of trails to be improved or marked.

“With fuel costs skyrocketing, more local families are taking up cycling as an alternative,” said Ms. Roberts.

“This Labor commitment means we can continueexecuting the plan and providinge a safer, more affordable transportation option for the northern suburbs.”

John D.Mayne
I love to write. When I wasn’t writing for my school newspaper or college blog, I was writing personal essays and journal entries. Then I discovered I loved to write. In college, I wrote for my school paper and my campus radio show. I started doing freelance writing for the Huffington Post in 2009. Then, I joined the team at Newsmyth as a writer/editor. Now, I spend most of my time writing for Newsmyth and as a guest blogger on a handful of other blogs. When I’m not writing, I like to read, travel, cook, and spend time with friends.