Adjournment – East Keilor Leisure Centre

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — (12 005) I raise a matter for the attention for the Minister for Sport. The action I seek is that the minister join me on a visit to the East Keilor Leisure Centre to see firsthand this facility and the plans for its much‑needed upgrade, including meeting the newly elected mayor and CEO of Moonee Valley council. On 20 July last year I wrote to Moonee Valley City Council following the release of its preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the East Keilor Leisure Centre. Unfortunately the plans did not include the 50‑metre pool being retained. I have personal experience of the 50‑metre pool and appreciate what an asset it is, having spent much of my youth at the pool and having beea regular user of the pool.

Following the release of the draft plans, an article by Linh Ly appeared in the Moonee Valley Leader of 2 July 2015. Headed ‘Plan to remove East Keilor Leisure Centre’s 50‑metre outdoor pool raises ire’, it states:

A plan to remove the 50‑metre pool at East Keilor Leisure Centre has raised the ire of swimmers.

I am very happy that since the release of the draft plans and my advocacy Moonee Valley City Council has released further plans which do include the retention of the 50‑metre pool. On 1 October 2015 I wrote to the Minister for Sport and advised him:

The East Keilor Leisure Centre was originally built in the 1960s, and the 50‑metre outdoor pool is now almost 50 years old. As a local, I have fond memories of spending many summers at the pool …

I informed him of how important it is for me and my constituents that this pool is retained. Very importantly, I want to thank the president of Pools4all, Michael Gallus, who played a critical role in gathering over 400 signatures that were collected to oppose the demolition of the outdoor pool. In response to my letter of 1 October the minister advised of the Andrews government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, including the Better Pools program.

It is very important that Moonee Valley council have since endorsed the East Keilor Leisure Centre redevelopment including the 50‑metre outdoor pool. A media release of 24 August 2016 states:

Moonee Valley council last night gave the green light to one of the largest ever construction projects in the city’s history …

This will be a massive investment in the City of Moonee Valley. There was an article headed ‘Revamp for pool centre a hot topic — $37.5 million option signed off’ in the Moonee Valley Leader of 31 August 2016.

It is vital that I bring the newly elected mayor and the CEO of Moonee Valley council to meet with the Minister for Sport to discuss this iconic project in East Keilor, in the heart of the Niddrie electorate, that could one day be the jewel in the crown of community facilities in East Keilor and the broader City of Moonee Valley. It is a vital project. It is important with low interest rates that the project is managed well and that the newly elected council also agree with the project.

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