Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten promises $17 million for swimming pool in Ellenbrook

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THE Federal Opposition has promised to invest $17 million towards the Ellenbrook Indoor Leisure Centre, delivering the community a long overdue swimming pool.

The Ellenbrook Indoor Leisure Centre is the final stage of the $51m Ellenbrook District Open Space and will include a 25 metre lap pool, indoor multi-purpose ball courts and facilities for other service providers.

Ellenbrook is one of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs, with the population forecast to reach over 70,000 residents by 2036.

The State Government has already allocated $7 million towards the project.

Labor candidate for Pearce, Kim Travers, said every child has the right to learn to swim without their parents driving 20km to the nearest facility in Midland or Joondalup.

“Investing in suburban communities isn’t just about roads and rail; it’s about improving the livelihood of local families and a local pool will make a great difference,” she said.

Member for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw also welcomed the announcement.

“Swimming and sports are really fundamental parts of our identity as Australians, it’s something that kids in Ellenbrook are missing out on and it’s something that only Labor is committed to fixing.”

City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said residents of Ellenbrook and surrounds currently face significant travel time to get to the closest indoor recreation centre.

“An indoor recreation centre in the heart of Ellenbrook will address this shortfall and address the increasing needs of our booming local population,” he said.