If you wanted proof that Moorabool was finally getting its very first public indoor pool – well, here it is.
This sign went up overnight (Saturday) in Taverner St, Maddingley – and East Moorabool candidate Tonia Dudzik is over the moon.
“It’s not just a concept anymore. This is physical proof our recreation centre and pool are on the way,” she said.
“The pool consortium, Rotary and the residents who’ve fought for this all deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work towards finally securing this wonderful facility.
“As a sitting councillor – myself, John Keogh, Jarrod Bingham and David Edwards have all been pushing for this – and now we’re seeing results.
“Let’s keep the ball rolling.
“I would strongly encourage locals to vote for pro-pool candidates to keep this dream alive.
“This recreation facility will be a huge bonus for our young people – as well as elderly locals seeking gentle exercise.
“It’ll be a fabulous place for activity for everyone from Hopetoun Park to Ballan.”
Since 2012, Ms Dudzik has been proud to assist some of our most vulnerable locals, including youth, young families, seniors and people with a disability.
“I’ve consistently stood up for residents who without my support would not have had a voice,” she said.
“I want to thank them for trusting me to take their issues to the table – and to get them resolved.”
The proof is in the Moorabool Council minutes.
“I successfully advocated and put forward a motion for a youth space,” the mother-of-two said.
“A group of young people and parents approached me about the idea – and I’ve been advocating for it ever since.
“I also voted for a masterplan for Rotary Park and improvements to the Andy Arnold centre in Bennett Street.
“On top of that, I put forward a motion in Council to get bus shelters in Bacchus Marsh near the shopping centre, hospital and Providence Aged Care.
“I’ve also successfully lobbied for safer roads around Providence and Bacchus Marsh College.”
Ms Dudzik said she was instrumental in helping the Bacchus Marsh RSL to locate their impressive field gun near the RSL hall.
“I also organised the Anzac centenary memorial seat with help from Bacchus Marsh donors Rossco Engineering.”
Moving forward, her vision is for a project that will create meaningful employment and return a greater Council presence to the Main Street.
“We need to create a Civic Centre with a dedicated arts gallery, office space, community areas and employment hub,” she said.
“We have the ideal site and this will bring more business to the Bacchus Marsh CBD. I also believe it will capture arts-focussed tourists on their way to Ballarat and Daylesford.
“It’ll create jobs and kickstart the local economy.”
“We need a Council with the skills and experience to make this happen,” she said.
“I believe a mix of current councillors and skilled new candidates will help make this a reality.”
Ms Dudzik said she felt strongly about the threat of PFAS-contaminated soil being dumped so close to the 2000-students at Bacchus Marsh Grammar.
“Whether its 400m away or 1.1km, that proposed site is just way to close to kids at BMG.”
“I’m also concerned about its closeness to Bacchus Marsh College, where my own children attend.”
** If you have not received a ballot packs by Friday October 16, contact the temporary VEC office at 2 Graham St, Bacchus Marsh.
Postal voting closes at 6pm on Friday October 23.
The East Moorabool ward includes Bacchus Marsh, Darley, Maddingley, Merrimu, Long Forest and Hopetoun Park.
Authorized by T Dudzik, PO Box 689, Bacchus Marsh 3340.
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Main image: Tonia Dudzik in Taverner St at the site of long-awaited Bacchus Marsh indoor pool and recreation centre.