Powell Media Release – Fighting For Future Maleny Aquatic Centre (22 May 2015)

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been campaigning for funds to upgrade the Maleny Pool into an indoor aquatic centre for the past six years and he is now asking for your support with a petition that is being presented to state parliament next month.

“For as long as I can remember, the Maleny community have been calling out for an upgraded pool complex that will allow them to develop and grow their existing programs and cater for a more wide ranging group of community members with additional features and improved facilities.

“There is certainly a large financial cost involved with a project of this nature so it has been slow going.  I’m thrilled to say that with the support of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the Maleny Pool Steering Committee, we are now at the next stage of the project.

“This phase now requires us to negotiate with Education Queensland around the land that they currently own next to the Maleny State School.  I have written to the Education Department and have a meeting coming up so this part of the project can be discussed and resolved to allow us to progress one step further in the development of this centre”, he said.

A petition has been launched calling on the Government to prioritise the transfer of land either as freehold or as trust or lease, to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.  The e-petition can be found on the following link – http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions.  The petition closes on Friday 10 July 2015.

“It is important that our community gets behind this petition so that we send very strong message to the Government that our community is behind this proposal.

“Matthew Howard at the Maleny Newsagent has kindly offered to have a copy of the paper petition available for signatures or you can pop into my office at the top end of Maple Street.

“It’s not just about a pool, this new aquatic centre will act as a community hub and offer year long swimming for excessive and also squad training.  The accompanying facilities like a gym room and café will also broaden its appeal to many other sectors of the community.

“This project has my full support and I will continue to fight on behalf of our community to see it delivered”, Mr Powell concluded.
[ENDS] 22 May 2015