Tide still out on pool
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.