Be frank with your feedback in survey
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 porthedland.wa.gov.au to complete the survey by 6pm, Sunday, November 18.
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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.
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.