Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, has continued his push to secure funding from the Queensland Government to assist the Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) to deliver a public pool at Mission Beach.

Mr Cripps said he had made representations to the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, on behalf of the Mission Beach Aquatic and Recreation Club (MBARC), to help keep the issue alive.

“The local community has considered this matter comprehensively, over a long period of time and the Council has developed a proposal based on a site at MARCS Park at Mission Beach” said Mr Cripps.

“As recently as January 2015, the CCRC reaffirmed its commitment to pursue the delivery of an aquatic facility at this site and MBARC has a strong grass roots community following in support of the project” he said.

“I’ve explained to the Premier that there is a very compelling case for an aquatic facility to service the growing community at Mission Beach” said Mr Cripps.

“In January this year, I was pleased to be able to commit $1.5 million to this project through the next round of the former LNP Government’s Get Playing Plus program” he said.

Mr Cripps said the new Labor Government needed to outline what its intentions are with regards to its major sport and recreation funding programs to give certainty to sporting and community organisations across Queensland.

“Whatever form it takes going forward, the funding for the aquatic facility at Mission Beach needs to be confirmed, because the need is clear and pressing” said Mr Cripps.

‘For a range of historical reasons, this project has been delayed for many years, but the CCRC and the community are now ready to progress it together” he said.

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