Today I joined with Murrumbidgee MLA Bec Cody to turn the first sod for the new Stromlo Leisure Centre, a $36.6 million facility located at Stromlo Forest Park that will one day service more than 100,000 people in Weston Creek, Woden and the Molonglo Valley.
The ACT Government initially committed $33 million for the project to include a 50 metre lap and competition pool, a program pool for activities like swimming lessons and aqua aerobics, a reception, kiosk, administration offices and change rooms.
After extensive consultation with the community, the government has allocated an additional $3.6 million funding for a gym, leisure pool, toddlers’ pool, splash park, crèche and more seating throughout the centre to ensure the facility meets the needs of this growing area.
Facilities like this are so important for bringing active communities together especially in an area like this with lots of young families.
The Stromlo Leisure Centre will be an important asset for the growing Weston Creek and Molonglo communities, and is a welcome addition to the ACT Government’s aquatic facilities in Dickson, Manuka, Civic, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin.
The centre is part of the Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan which is already seeing this beautiful part of Canberra become a thriving sport and recreation precinct.
Stromlo Forest Park boasts world-class mountain bike trails, a criterium circuit, running track, equestrian trails, spectator stands and parts of the container village that have been relocated from West Basin.
Construction will begin at the end of September and is expected to be complete in early 2020.
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