Mr Abbott talked to swimmers and students from Mandurah Primary School and bought $10 worth of chocolate from a young mother selling chocolate for charity during last Thursday’s visit to the region.
More than 600,000 people visit the 30-year-old centre each year and thousands of children are taught the fundamentals of swimming and fitness.
The $35 million upgrade has already been supported by the City of Mandurah and the State Government.
Stage 1 of the development is due to start later this year and will deliver the aquatic component of the project, including a 50m outdoor pool, new leisure pool and refurbishment of the existing pool.
The Liberal commitment would support completion of stage 2, which includes a range of new amenities including additional multi-use courts, spectator seating, a new gymnasium, expansion of the existing creche area, administration facilities and additional car parking.
Brand MHR Gary Gray said he understood the City of Mandurah had twice unsuccessfully applied for funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Development Access Fund.
‘During the last election campaign Donna Gordin made a number of commitments which were unfunded and did not appear on the Liberal’s final list of confirmed election commitments,’ Mr Gray said.