Pool com­mit­tee to be formed

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil will be rep­re­sented by Crs Shaun Whitechurch, David Lon­g­ley and Gail Law, and its di­rec­tor in­fras­truc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment Peter Gall, as de­cided at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on June 27. Coun­cil will also have two youth coun­cil­lors.

The re­main­ing six mem­bers will be from the com­mu­nity, com­pris­ing two Corowa Swim Club rep­re­sen­ta­tives, two recre­ational users, one Age­ing Well Am­bas­sador and one Aquatic Pro­gram Op­er­a­tor.

The com­mit­tee will be sup­ported by coun­cil’s con­tracted project man­ager Ja­son Sch­nei­der-Fuller and will, from time to time, have other se­nior coun­cil man­agers present.

“It is pro­posed the com­mit­tee will meet on an as-re­quired ba­sis,” Mr Gall said. “The first meet­ing will be held in July to en­able coun­cil to for­mally en­dorse the char­ter.

“The first meet­ing will es­tab­lish the frame­work and project brief. The com­mit­tee will as­sist coun­cil to de­liver a Corowa Swim­ming Pool that pro­vides the max­i­mum ben­e­fit pos­si­ble for all stake­hold­ers and is in line with the al­ready iden­ti­fied and stated com­mu­nity needs.”

Mr Gall said the com­mit­tee will be a crit­i­cal part of the on­go­ing sup­port and devel­op­ment of the Corowa Swim­ming Pool as coun­cil moves for­ward to fi­nalise the de­sign and then con­struc­tion of the new pool.

Op­tion 4 pre­sented by con­sul­tants has been cho­sen by coun­cil fol­low­ing a 5:4 vote of coun­cil­lors at their May meet­ing. The four coun­cil­lors op­posed to an out­door pool wanted a heated, all-year-use in­door pool.

Op­tion 4 in­cludes an out­door, sea­sonal 50m, eight-lane swim­ming pool and a 15m long x 11.5m wide learn to swim/pro­gram pool and splash pad.

In ad­di­tion to Op­tion 4 be­ing passed at coun­cil’s May meet­ing, the mo­tion, at the 11th hour, was to also in­clude con­tin­ued in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a heated pool.

At a pub­lic meet­ing on June 13 in the Corowa RSL Club at­tended by some 200 Corowa res­i­dents, over­whelm­ing sup­port for a heated pool was de­liv­ered to coun­cil.

One big con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore the fi­nal de­ci­sion is reached will be the costs as­so­ci­ated with all pos­si­ble ar­range­ments of a pool com­plex.

A 12-mem­ber Corowa Swim­ming Pool Com­mit­tee is to be formed with mem­ber­ship ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est be­ing sought in the Corowa Snip­pets.

Pool Project Man­ager Ja­son Sch­nei­d­ner-Fuller, pic­tured at the re­cent pub­lic meet­ing

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