Pool de­bate con­tin­ues

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by Coun­cil prior to a de­ci­sion be­ing made,” he said.

“Coun­cil has been ex­tremely proac­tive and has ac­tively chal­lenged the pre­vi­ous op­tions and mod­els pre­sented to the Coun­cil over the many years.

“In the lat­est fea­si­bil­ity re­port you will find a strong fo­cus has been placed on the fea­si­bil­ity of an out­door 50m pool, and pro­gram pool or in­door 25m com­plex as it is un­der­stood that these are the two most pre­ferred op­tions by the com­mu­nity.”

Mayor Bourke said Coun­cil is now call­ing for feed­back on the fea­si­bil­ity re­port, avail­able on Coun­cil’s web­site and at Coun­cil’s of­fices up un­til May 2.

“In con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and key stake­holder groups Coun­cil will con­tinue to work as hard as it can to de­liver a fa­cil­ity that is able to best meet the needs of many users and also tak­ing into ac­count some­thing that is achiev­able from a cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture point of view, be­ing also mind­ful of on­go­ing op­er­a­tional costs,” he said.

“There is ob­vi­ously a real bal­ance be­tween that, in terms of putting in ele­ments to en­cour­age more peo­ple into the pools, in­creas­ing your op­er­a­tional costs in some re­spects, but also then in­creas­ing your rev­enue from more vis­i­tors.”

Con­struc­tion of a new Swim­ming Pool is hoped to be achieved by De­cem­ber 2019.

Coun­cil is aim­ing to make a de­ci­sion on the pre­ferred Swim­ming Pool op­tion at the April 17 Coun­cil meet­ing and then place the pre­ferred op­tion on pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion for any fur­ther com­mu­nity feed­back.

Mayor Bourke said Coun­cil will look to con­firm the devel­op­ment op­tion at the May Coun­cil meet­ing as this will en­sure that Coun­cil meets the re­quired con­struc­tion time­frames.

“This new Coun­cil truly is a new Coun­cil, and I can as­sure the pub­lic, de­spite all the re­ports and op­tions dis­cussed pre­vi­ously and new op­tions put to you tonight that no de­ci­sion has been made as yet,” he said.

“We are gen­uinely do­ing one last piece of en­gage­ment work on this project to ex­plain the ex­act sta­tus of where coun­cil is up to and pro­vide res­i­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to be a part of the de­ci­sion mak­ing process.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to view the fea­si­bil­ity re­port visit coun­cil’s web­site.

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