Wad­ing in with pe­ti­tion

North Coast Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

SCHOOLS have pre­sented a pe­ti­tion with more than 1000 sig­na­tures for a pub­lic pool in the north coast area to the City of Wan­neroo.

Swim­ming cap­tains from Pe­ter Moyes Angli­can Com­mu­nity School and Irene Mc­Cor­mack Catholic Col­lege pre­sented the pe­ti­tion to Mayor Tracey Roberts and Deputy Mayor Na­talie San­galli on Au­gust 31.

Pe­ter Moyes head of sports Bernie Streeter said the pe­ti­tion sup­ported the mayor’s drive for a lo­cal 50m aquatic fa­cil­ity, fol­low­ing her Fe­bru­ary mo­tion on no­tice to add a pool to the City’s ad­vo­cacy strat­egy and bring for­ward the con­struc­tion date.

In the ex­ist­ing plan the pro­posed con­struc­tion time­frame is 2042-46, but Mr Streeter said the fa­cil­ity was needed within five years given the City’s pop­u­la­tion growth.

“Re­cent sup­port from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has pushed for im­proved swim­ming ed­u­ca­tion in pri­mary schools in or­der to ad­dress a deadly de­cline in wa­ter safety skills,” he said.

“The Sport 2030 doc­u­ment, un­veiled by Fed­eral Sport Min­is­ter Brid­get McKen­zie, de­mands ev­ery Aus­tralian child have ac­cess to ba­sic swim­ming and wa­ter safety ed­u­ca­tion and knowl­edge.

“Swim­ming in Aus­tralia is a way of life and a fun­da­men­tal life skill, so it is vi­tally im­por­tant that our chil­dren learn to swim for their safety, en­joy­ment and health.”

Mrs Roberts said the coun­cil re­cently iden­ti­fied that north coastal sub­urbs needed a pub­lic aquatic fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing an Olympic-size swim­ming pool, prior to the ex­ist­ing 2042 time­frame.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that such a fa­cil­ity would cater for lo­cal recre­ational swim­mers, stu­dents from nearby schools, swim­ming clubs and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions,” she said.

Mr Streeter said the ben­e­fits of a 50m swim­ming fa­cil­ity in­cluded so­cial in­clu­sion, per­sonal fit­ness, swim­ming classes and in­creased wa­ter aware­ness pre­vent­ing drown­ing.

He said a north coast fa­cil­ity would also re­sult in less travel time for stu­dents go­ing to swim­ming lessons.

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Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Deputy Mayor Nat San­galli with Pe­ter Moyes Angli­can Com­mu­nity School and Irene Mc­Cor­mack Catholic Col­lege stu­dents and staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers.Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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