Tide still out on pool

Joondalup Weekender - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

IT could be up to a decade be­fore north coast res­i­dents can swim in a lo­cal pub­lic pool.

De­bate at Wan­neroo Coun­cil’s Fe­bru­ary 10 meet­ing re­volved around whether the City should com­mit to a date to pro­vide the aquatic fa­cil­ity.

Coun­cil­lors sup­ported go­ing to the next phase to de­velop a busi­ness case, en­dors­ing a needs and fea­si­bil­ity study that said a pool was def­i­nitely needed in the growth cor­ri­dor be­tween But­ler and Two Rocks.

How­ever, their views were split about whether to in­clude a date to com­plete the project, which re­sulted from a 2018 mo­tion from the Mayor to in­ves­ti­gate bring­ing for­ward con­struc­tion from 2042-46.

Cr Sonet Coet­zee un­suc­cess­fully put up an amend­ment to build the pool by 2026, with coun­cil­lors told there was a place­holder in the long-term fi­nan­cial plan to build it in about 2028-29.

Cr Coet­zee said there was a lot of de­mand for a pool given the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and num­ber of schools hav­ing to use fa­cil­i­ties in Joon­dalup or Wan­neroo.

“The time taken to travel to and from these pools of­ten ex­ceeds that of the ac­tual swim­ming time spent in the wa­ter,” she said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the busi­ness case, which could take sev­eral months to com­plete, would pro­vide more cer­tainty about where and when the pool could be built.

“We are all on the same page in the fact that we want the fa­cil­ity brought for­ward,” she said.

Cr Brett Treby said while the pool was needed as soon as pos­si­ble, he would not vote for a date “that con­strains process and leads to a po­ten­tial poor out­come”.

Al­though Cr Chris Baker said a Yanchep de­vel­oper had of­fered land for the pool on a pep­per­corn lease, com­mu­nity and place di­rec­tor Deb­bie Tere­linck said the City had not re­ceived a for­mal pro­pos­als.

Af­ter lengthy dis­cus­sion about time­frames, due process and avail­abil­ity of land and fund­ing, the amend­ment was lost.

The coun­cil pro­ceeded to unan­i­mously vote in favour of the staff rec­om­men­da­tion to do the busi­ness case.

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