Northam Aquatic Facility receives funding from Building Better Regions Fund 

Minister Fiona Nash and MHR Christian Porter

Minister Fiona Nash and MHR Christian Porter

  • The Northam Aquatic Facility will become a reality, winning $3.2million from the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

  • The Northam Aquatic Facility project beat hundreds of others from around Australia to win funding

  • Building Better Regions Fund making important dreams become reality for local communities

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, announced today that Northam will receive a boost following news that the Northam Aquatic Facility project has won funding through the Building Better Regions Fund.

Mr Porter said the Northam Aquatic Facility can now become a reality after receiving over $3.2million through the Coalition's Building Better Regions Fund.

"At 60 years old, the Northam swimming pool has come to the end of its life and I am pleased to be able to announce that funding has been secured so that a new sustainable aquatic facility can be constructed,” he said.

“This project will see a public swimming pool at the Northam Recreation Centre that meets the needs of the community for people of all abilities and ages. 

“The new pool will be heated, providing the opportunity for increased participation among the elderly and infants.

“For Northam and the surrounding communities, this project will contribute social and health benefits through access and capacity for participation in sport and physical activity.

"Together with the Shire of Northam, we've fought long and hard for this project and it's so great to see it delivered.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she created the Building Better Regions Fund to help build strong communities for decades to come.

"I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and projects like this one do exactly that," Minister Nash said.

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We know this and we've got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au."

Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.

Shire of Northam CEO, Jason Whiteaker, said the Shire of Northam is extremely pleased to have been notified that their BBRF application was successful,

“The aquatic facility development is considered to be an important project for Northam and the Region,” Mr Whiteaker said.

“In addition to providing significant amenity benefits, the project will contribute to our growing economy.

“Over the next two years there is estimated to be in excess of $200m being invested into our Community and this project will provide a valuable addition to a range of already committed private sector and government projects.

“The Shire of Northam would like to thank the Australian Government for their support and specifically Christian Porter, Federal Member for Pearce, for his ongoing support for Northam and this project.”

Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: www.business.gov.au/bbrf