Pool committee to be formed
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