Last ditch to save wa­ter­land

Eastern Reporter - - News - Com­mu­ni­tynews Kristie Lim

BAYSWA­TER Mayor Dan Bull says the May­lands Wa­ter­land will close at the end of this sea­son, if the City loses a fund­ing bid.

The City has ap­plied for fund­ing to re­fur­bish the Wa­ter­land via the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries’ Com­mu­nity Sport and Recre­ation Fa­cil­ity Fund.

An out­come will not be known un­til Fe­bru­ary. The wa­ter­land is cur­rently open daily from 10am to 5pm.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the Friends of May­lands Wa­ter­land and the May­lands Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion started a pe­ti­tion ask­ing the coun­cil to post­pone its de­ci­sion un­til af­ter the 2021 State Gov­ern­ment elec­tion.

The pe­ti­tion has more than 2200 sig­na­tures. Friends group chair­man Josh Eve­son will make a dep­u­ta­tion at the De­cem­ber 11 coun­cil meet­ing. In the pe­ti­tion, the group calls on the coun­cil to re­verse its de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish May­lands Wa­ter­land at the end of this sum­mer to give the com­mu­nity time to se­cure the ex­ter­nal fund­ing.

“May­lands Wa­ter­land is a unique fa­cil­ity in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area, as it pro­vides a safe en­vi­ron­ment for ba­bies and young chil­dren up to the age of 10 years old to be grad­u­ally in­tro­duced to wa­ter,” the pe­ti­tion stated.

“This is the least that the coun­cil can do for its res­i­dents, hav­ing as­sured them in the last cou­ple of years that it would keep the pools, and only chang­ing its mind as re­cently as July.”

Cr Bull said he was dis­ap­pointed to re­veal that, de­spite the City ex­plor­ing all fund­ing op­tions, pub­lic and pri­vate, it was un­able to se­cure fund­ing for the re­fur­bish­ment.

Cr Bull said it was not an op­tion to wait years to re­de­velop the fa­cil­ity.

“In its cur­rent state, there is a risk the fa­cil­ity will sim­ply fail,” he said.

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