Res­i­dents want an ocean pool

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By BRYCE LUFF

AN ocean pool has been voted a recre­ational ‘want’ by Town of Mos­man Park res­i­dents.

A re­cent sur­vey of res­i­dents found 68 per cent be­lieved more recre­ation and so­cial fa­cil­i­ties were needed, with an ocean pool the top pri­or­ity.

How­ever, a large num­ber of those want­ing the pool be­lieved the Town should sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of one in Cottes­loe.

The coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing spend­ing $25,000 on a bid for an ocean pool, with that fund­ing to be looked at in the up­com­ing bud­get.

Im­proved cy­cle ways, a swim­ming pool, fit­ness equip­ment and an in­door recre­ation cen­tre also scored highly among those sur­veyed.

The sur­vey was part of a sport and recre­ation re­port Mos­man Park coun­cil says could shape how fa­cil­i­ties are up­graded and de­vel­oped.

High­lighted in the Jim Pow­ell and As­so­ciates-pro­duced re­port was that the Town ap­peared “rea­son­ably ser­viced” by cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties, al­though not all sports were ac­tive in the area and a lack of fa­cil­i­ties could be lim­it­ing choice.

“In terms of the sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the ma­jor con­cern would be the con­di­tion of the fa­cil­ity lo­cated on Nash Field, and the Town will need to un­der­take a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion or re­de­vel­op­ment of a suit­able fa­cil­ity to meet the com­mu­nity and res­i­dent clubs’ needs,” the re­port read.

Ad­di­tions or re­de­vel­op­ment of the Mos­man Park Bowl­ing Club and Mos­man Park Golf Club could also be on the cards, due to the age of their re­spec­tive build­ings.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said the plan was vi­tal in de­ter­min­ing what was needed and en­cour­aged peo­ple to pro­vide feed­back.

“This draft plan en­ables us to un­der­stand all of the sport­ing and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the Town, the par­tic­i­pa­tion rates, key trends in terms of the use of our ocean and river, as well as our parks and re­serves, so that we can make best use of Town re­sources to meet those needs, both now and into the fu­ture,” he said.

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