PLANS FOR BALLINA OCEAN POOL
Plans could be lodged by next year
A PLAN to build an ocean pool in Ballina could be submitted to the council by early next year, councillor Jeff Johnson has revealed.
Cr Johnston said the ocean pool committee had been “bringing together all the elements” to lodge a development application in late February or early March next year.
In particular, the committee at this week’s monthly meeting confirmed its preferred contractor to design and engineer the pool at Shelly Beach in a brief to relevant council staff.
A draft environmental report pertaining to site studies conducted in July by Southern Cross University’s marine ecology department was also submitted to council staff for assessment.
Cr Johnson said the committee’s preferred contractor, who cannot be named at this stage, and its credentials could put the project in “a strong position” to attract state funding.
Coastal geomorphologist, Robert Brander from the University of NSW threw his support behind the project after his studies last year confirmed the rock shelf at Shelly Beach would be the “ideal location “for the ocean pool.
Mr Brander visited the site after being invited by committee chairman John Wise earlier this year to research potential environmental impacts of the development.
Cr Johnson said the completion of traffic management reports would form one of the next steps the six-person committee and others would undertake in finalising the pool development application.
It has been a three-year process, bringing the ocean pool to fruition, with council support for the project first sought in 2014.
Mayor David Wright was also in attendance at the recent council meeting discussing the issue.
ON THE ROCKS: Ballina's Jack Trevan visited the ocean pool at Bermagui which is built on a rock platform, similar to the platform at Black Head at the northern end of Ballina's Shelly Beach.