The redevelopment of Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre is officially underway.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council mayor Bob Kirk and member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman were on hand to turn the first sod on Friday, August 14.
Ms Tuckerman said this initiative was an election commitment.
"I'm really excited to see it begin and for the whole picture to come together," Ms Tuckerman said.
"The NSW government has put in a lot of money to this facility to make this community a better place to live in.
"I am so impressed with the work council has put into planning for the future."
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FDC Contracting are undertaking the project and their managing director Ben Cottle said he was very grateful to both council and the government.
"I am somewhat a local, so I'm sure I will utilise it," Mr Cottle said.
"I'm very impressed with everything that's going in Goulburn at the moment and the unemployment rate must be about zero."
Cr Kirk said this project would be a welcome addition to Victoria Park.
"The facility will link with Victoria Park nicely to allow access for community members enjoying the adventure playground or other aspects of the park," Cr Kirk said.
"I know many parents who will be looking forward to being able to walk up to the Aquatic Centre cafe to grab a coffee or sandwich while the kids enjoy Victoria Park, or of course, while swimming in this brilliant new facility when complete."
The first step of the project is to demolish the indoor pool which is expected to be complete in September.
The southern car park on Deccan Street is closed to the public at this time due to the project.
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