Be frank with your feed­back in sur­vey

North West Telegraph - - News - Camilo Blanco Camilo Blanco is the mayor of the Town of Port Hed­land

Live it, Tell it, Do it! The 2018 Com­mu­nity Per­cep­tion Sur­vey

You may have seen on Facebook and in the pa­per that the Town is con­duct­ing the an­nual per­cep­tion sur­vey, to gauge how the com­mu­nity feels the town is trav­el­ling.

The sur­vey com­prises of ques­tions on ser­vices, fa­cil­i­ties, com­mu­nity safety, vol­un­teer­ing, live­abil­ity and more.

Clearly, there have been many im­prove­ments made in the town in the past 12 months.

There has been a strate­gic fo­cus to­wards rein­vest­ing in core ser­vice de­liv­ery and cap­i­tal works projects, as well as mak­ing sure we do not in­crease our op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture. Right­fully so, peo­ple ex­pect us to live within our means.

How­ever, that’s not to say we haven’t faced chal­lenges and dif­fi­cul­ties along the way.

Last week, we re­leased in­for­ma­tion on the sta­tus of Gratwick Aquatic Cen­tre.

There was a cat­a­strophic fail­ure of the fil­tra­tion sys­tem dur­ing pressure test­ing last month. Af­ter the fail­ure, an in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis was held of GAC’s in­fra­struc­ture, to de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion and to en­sure the fa­cil­ity’s long term vi­a­bil­ity.

The anal­y­sis rec­om­mended a like-for-like re­place­ment, with the two failed pressure fil­ters be­ing re­placed with two new pressure fil­ters.

The pro­jected re­open­ing of the fa­cil­ity is Oc­to­ber 2019.

De­spite this, I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to make use of South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre.

There are lots of great ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages planned for sum­mer, so it’s the per­fect spot to cool off and have some fun while GAC is be­ing fixed.

I would like as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to com­plete the sur­vey, which also puts you into the draw to win one of two travel vouch­ers val­ued at $1000.

The more peo­ple who re­spond from dif­fer­ent walks of life, the stronger data coun­cil will ob­tain to base fu­ture de­ci­sions on.

Be as hon­est as pos­si­ble and feel free to of­fer con­struc­tive crit­i­cism.

Visit porthed­ to com­plete the sur­vey by 6pm, Sun­day, Novem­ber 18.

M a yor Mailbag

Hello Milo,

Could you please pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion as to why the Gratwick Aquatic Cen­tre will be closed un­til Oc­to­ber of next year? This seems like an un­rea­son­able time frame.

Don­ald MacMil­lan

Hi Don­ald, I un­der­stand this is a frus­trat­ing is­sue, par­tic­u­larly since the fa­cil­ity is val­ued by the com­mu­nity. An in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis was con­ducted and de­ter­mined that re­place­ment of the failed pressure fil­ters was needed.

Tak­ing into ac­count plan­ning, man­u­fac­tur­ing and test­ing, this is not some­thing that can be rushed and done overnight.

On a pos­i­tive note, once the new pressure fil­ters are in­stalled, they have a life ex­pectancy of about 20 years.

My pri­or­ity is on fix­ing the pool’s legacy is­sues and mak­ing sure it’s around for the many years to come.

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