Barnaby Joyce

Joyce backing new hydrotherapy pool for Armidale

28 Apr 2020

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, is throwing his support behind Armidale’s plan to enhance its community infrastructure assets.

Key to Armidale Regional Council’s vision is construction of a new hydrotherapy pool and regional health complex, for which it has sought funding under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) drought round.


“As I noted in my representations to the Minister, the new facility would provide ongoing health, fitness, rehabilitation, water safety, sporting and social benefits to thousands of residents in the Armidale region for many years to come,” Mr Joyce said.


The pool replacement is high on council’s priority list alongside projects such as the proposed New England and North West Business Innovation Hub in Armidale, which it has also sought funding for under the BBRF and is also backed by Mr Joyce.


“Just like the millions of dollars of investment we’re already delivering for similar projects around the electorate, it’s all helping to provide a better standard of living for people in Armidale and across the New England,” he said.


The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.


The $200 million Round 4 of this program is dedicated to supporting drought-affected electorates like the New England.  


This funding will help get local projects and infrastructure work under way to strengthen local economies, keep tradies in work and money flowing through local suppliers. 


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