Last ditch to save waterland
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.