It’s still 50 me­tre pool

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has given in-prin­ci­ple ap­proval to a new 50 me­tre out­door Corowa Swim­ming Pool.

Af­ter much dis­cus­sion at yes­ter­day’s monthly coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted 5:3 in favour of Op­tion 4 by con­sul­tants, for the 50 me­tre out­door pool, learner pro­gram pool and splash pool.

Lead­ing the push for the 50 me­tre pool was Cr Shaun Whitechurch who said the peo­ple of Corowa have voiced their opin­ion for the 50 me­tre pool.

“When I came on to coun­cil I was sick of hear­ing ratepay­ers go­ing to town meet­ings then find­ing coun­cil go­ing against the peo­ple,” he said.

Cr Paul Miegel led the way for Op­tion 2A, for a 25 me­tre in­door mul­ti­ple pool us­age and out­door wa­ter­play area.

He said notwith­stand­ing very good let­ters from the swim­ming club for the 50 me­tre out­door pool, there have been other very good let­ters for an in­door 25 me­tre pool, in re­spect of all peo­ple, in­clud­ing older peo­ple who make up a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of Corowa res­i­dents.

“Look­ing at long-term, it’s the only way to mit­i­gate losses (in rev­enue) and it in­creases eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism,” he said.

Cr Gail Law ex­pressed her dis­gust at the pro­posed 50 me­tre out­door pool. She de­scribed as “lu­di­crous” spend­ing $8 mil­lion for a 15 week a year fa­cil­ity, com­pared to an all-year round op­tion es­ti­mated to cost $10 mil­lion.

Cr An­drew Kennedy queried the es­ti­mated costs, say­ing the pre­ferred op­tion 4 could be con­structed for less.

C Bron­wyn Thomas said once a 50 me­tre pool is gone, it’s gone for­ever.

Vot­ing for the 50 me­tre out­door pool were Cr Whitechurch, Kennedy, Thomas and Norm Wales; against were Crs Miegel, Law and Fred Long­mire. That made vot­ing 4:3. Cr David Lon­g­ley was ab­sent.

Mayor Pat Bourke ob­vi­ously sup­ported Cr Whitechurch’s mo­tion af­ter say­ing, at 4:3 vot­ing, “the mo­tion is car­ried”.

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