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Drysdale Water Safety Centre needs to happen

Liberal Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay has called on the Andrews Government to investigate constructing a Water Safety Centre at the sports precinct at Drysdale.

Mr Ramsay has had discussion with the community on the Bellarine and is seeking support through a petition to be tabled in Parliament.

The petition seeks Government funding for a water safety centre for the Bellarine.  It will host a pool and other water features that will also enable emergency service training.

“With the closure of the Portarlington pool and the near capacity at the Shell Road Reserve Aquatic Centre, it’s very clear that the Bellarine needs another pool,” Mr Ramsay said.

“With school clusters around the Drysdale Sports precinct it would make sense to consider that location.”

He said it is important for overseas visitors and tourists to experience the hazards of water in controlled conditions before they venture out onto our beaches and ocean.

“International visitors and new migrants are over-represented in drowning figures and water rescues in this state.  Having access to a water safety centre would help provide a safer learning space.”

If elected this year, the Victorian Coalition will prioritise the Swimming in Schools program.

The Andrews Government debacle around the Drysdale Bypass is another issue facing the area.

Mr Ramsay will attend a community meeting in Drysdale tomorrow night to listen to community concerns and preferences to the VicRoads-preferred controlled intersections for the bypass.

“It is nearly four years since the Andrews Government announced this $107 million project and still not a shovel in the ground.

“Don’t hold your breath for a Bellarine Link Road any time soon.

“Instead of focussing on representing their constituents, Labor’s Members in Geelong are too distracted signing up lawyers to represent them in court to defend the MPs rorting fraudulent behaviour.”