Tuesday 2 August 2016
Public pools in the Shire are highly valued by the communities that dive into them.
They are also high value assets for Council to manage and operate long term, with the main pool shells. Some of the public pools were constructed in the 1950’s and are now becoming due for renewal.
Like most things, a lot has changed for public pools in the last six decades, especially in regard to health and safety requirements, operating regulations, recreation trends and the community’s expectations.
Manager Leisure and Recreation, Mr John Grady said “knowing the level of community interest and the value of these assets, Council commissioned the Otium Planning Group to undertake a review of the current facilities.”
The review outlines the current and future challenges and opportunities. Understanding the main uses of pools (casual, club, recreation and fitness activities), the levels of use, regulatory operating requirements, operating costs and the likely timeframes for major infrastructure replacement is critical information for Council to have.
The report provides this in a consistent and measured way to enable review, comparison and consideration of the best options, value and use of resources in providing aquatic facilities into the future.
The report presents key information that will be useful to Council as it considers its long term financial strategy and its priorities across all assets.
This review, a revised long term financial plan and the Community Strategic Plan outcomes, to be finalised in the next term of Council, will inform an Aquatics Strategy for the future provision of pools in the Bega Valley Shire. Pools are one asset; however Council needs to be mindful to balance the provision, maintenance and renewal of many facilities.
“Council would also like to thank all those people that responded to surveys and spoke with the consultant. Your input has provided valuable insight into community sentiment," Mr Grady said.
The draft Aquatic Facilities Review is now on public exhibition, following discussions with pool contractors and Council’s pool staff.
Community members interested in public pools are encouraged to read over the long, but thorough report; however if you are short on time the project overview, summary of finding and recommendations are laid out in the executive summary section at the start of the document.
The review is available from Council or you can go to the Have Your Say page on Council’s website and let us know what you think. You can also write to Council at PO Box 492, Bega 2550 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 29 August.