Sorell set to make splash

THE Southern Beaches and Sorell area will soon have a state-of-the-art multi-use aqua facility after the project was given a boost with State Government funding.

The State Government, through the Department of State Growth’s “Building Projects Support Program” has made available $625,000 for the Southern Beaches Swim Centre at Dodges Ferry in round one of the program.

Former Australian men’s hockey team member Luke Doerner is the man behind the Southern Beaches Swim Centre.

The Government funding provides up to 25 per cent of the construction cost for the project with a minimum construction cost of $2.5 million.

Mr Doerner has spent more than six years lobbying for funding for the project. It is fully supported by the Sorell Council.

“It is amazing to get this Government funding boost,” he said. “ It will be so great to be able to move forward with the project and get the facility operational as soon as possible,” Mr Doerner said.
“We have been successful in our grant application through the Building Projects Support Program,” he said.
“Without this grant the project would not be financially viable for myself to complete. ”
“The community support for the project has been massive along with the support from Sorell Council, especially Mayor Kerry Vincent. Christine Gabby has been a strong supporter and advocate for the project and having her behind the project has been fantastic for me personally. ”
“I am excited about getting the facility up and operational as is our local builder Guy Rees from Construction3 who will be leading the facility’s development.”

Sport and Recreation Minister and Prosser MLC Jane Howlett said she supported Mr Doerner’s vision.

“It will provide the municipality of Sorell and its surrounding communities with a highly valuable and much needed piece of infrastructure for this growing region,” Ms Howlett said.

The Southern Beaches Swim Centre’s design has been created to be a warm, light filled open environment for the community. Mr Doerner said it will be compact and sustainable.

“It will offer an inviting atmosphere for local swimmers, learners and school groups.

Published by Roger Hanson

Rural and primary industries writer

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