THE campaign for an indoor aquatic centre at Maleny has received a huge boost with news the Education Minister has given the nod for it to be built at the Maleny State School.
A determined band of residents has been pushing for an indoor pool for the town for more than 15 years but finding a location has proven a sticking point.
A plan to put the pool in the Maleny Community Precinct was well supported but fell through when the soil was found to be unsuitable.
The showgrounds had also been suggested as a location but land on the lower oval of the Maleny State School was selected as the most suitable alternative.
The schools P&C association gave its unanimous support to the project in March but it was up to the Education Minister to give approval.
A government spokesman said Education Minister Kate Jones said she and the department had given support "in principle” to the use of the land for the aquatic centre.
"Land on the lower school oval will be made available as it meets all the other plans,” the spokesman said.
The Sunshine Coast Council, the Department of Education and Training, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads are working to progress the project.
About $300,000 has been raised towards the aquatic centre by the community over the years.
It is envisaged the pool will include a 10-lane soft-edged pool with a disability ramp, a hydrotherapy pool, a gym and squash courts when completed.
Maleny does have a pool but it is not accessible or open year-round, as required by hydrotherapy patients.
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