City chases Water­land cash splash

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

BAYSWA­TER Coun­cil will bid for a $1 mil­lion State Gov­ern­ment grant to re­fur­bish the age­ing May­lands Water­land, which had been pro­posed to be re­de­vel­oped into a play­ground.

A to­tal of $1.5m in pub­lic open space funds was al­lo­cated in the 2018-19 coun­cil bud­get to re­de­velop the 1970s site into a play­ground with wa­ter-based el­e­ments.

In July, coun­cil­lors asked chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Brien to ex­plore ex­ter­nal fund­ing for re­fur­bish­ment costs by the end of Oc­to­ber af­ter com­mu­nity con­cern over the fu­ture of the site.

At the Au­gust 28 coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors sup­ported Deputy Mayor Chris Cor­nish’s al­ter­na­tive mo­tion for of­fi­cers to ap­ply for a $1m Com­mu­nity Sports and Recre­ation Fa­cil­ity Fund grant from the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries.

Coun­cil­lor Elli PetersenPik’s amend­ment to au­tho­rise Mr Brien to pro­pose changes to the fa­cil­ity in the ap­pli­ca­tion was also passed. Cr Petersen-Pik’s sug­gested changes in­clude hold­ing ca­sual swim­ming classes for tod­dlers, classes for se­niors and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, fit­ness classes, and so­lar pool heat­ing or pool blan­kets.

Of­fi­cers had rec­om­mended the coun­cil not progress with the ap­pli­ca­tion due to the con­sid­er­able prepara­tory work re­quired and the un­likely suc­cess of an ap­pli­ca­tion.

The es­ti­mated cost for re­fur­bish­ments and a cafe up­grade is $3 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cer’s re­port, the max­i­mum grant would be no more than onethird of the es­ti­mated cost, or up to 50 per cent with a spe­cial de­vel­op­ment bonus.

Cr Cor­nish said the coun­cil must take the chance to ex­plore fund­ing.

Cr Petersen-Pik was pleased the coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing “low-cost ideas” to in­crease the chances of re­ceiv­ing the grant.

“If we don’t get the grant, noth­ing hap­pens (and) we would go back to our com­mu­nity and at least say we tried,” he said.

“If we do get the grant but we don’t suc­ceed in get­ting suf­fi­cient funds from ex­ter­nal sources to fund the rest of the (re­fur­bish­ment) project, then noth­ing forces us to go ahead with it.”

Water­land will open in Novem­ber for the sum­mer sea­son.

Bayswa­ter Coun­cil wants State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to re­fur­bish May­lands Water­land.

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