Wading in with petition
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.
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