Have Your Say
The Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) has six public swimming pools built over the last 60 years. There is no question public swimming pools are highly valued by the community, but they are also high cost assets. At some point, the current swimming pools will each reach the end of their useful life and we need to plan what to do as that point approaches.
A lot has changed in the past 60 years since the first local pool was built in Bega. Modern swimming pool facilities come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and features to meet current standards and community needs and expectations.
Council has adopted the goal:
To have a fit for purpose six pool Swimming Pool strategy that maximises opportunities for the community and visitors to participate and enjoy facilities that meet legislative and compliance requirements and have pools that are operating at modern standards.
Currently, due to their age, most public pools in the Shire do not meet this goal. The future provision of public swimming pools to meet the goal will come with challenges relating to compliance, meeting needs and expectations, and funding. The most challenging will be funding, as Council currently does not have the significant funds needed to meet the goal and swimming pools are high cost facilities.
For more information visit our Swimming Pools Strategy project page.
To fund the six pool Swimming Pool strategy Bega Valley Shire Council is considering, as outlined in the Discussion Paper, a Special Rate Variation (SRV) to provide long term security of swimming pool services to the community.
This SRV would allow Council to increase general income above the rate peg increase, which is annually determined by IPART, and to raise the revenue from all rate payers to help keep our pools operating. This would ensure that the six pools meet all legislative and compliance requirements and are operating in modern standards. It also allows for fees to be kept at a level which is affordable to everyone.
Without this SRV Council will need to allocate more funding from the general fund budget which in turn reduces funding for other assets and services. Pool fees would also increase excessively which would potentially render pools inaccessible with attendance and income then decreasing. It would also mean that once a pool has reached its end of useful life the pool will close as the funding to renew and upgrade the facility would not be available.
If an SRV application is lodged, and is successful who pays what is not the same across all ratepayers. Council’s general rates are calculated using two parts. The first, the base rate is the same for all ratepayers, the second component is linked to the land valuation for the property. The amount Council applies for is indicated as a percentage rise in income generated and does not directly relate to the increase on each individual property. To look at the impact of this and to calculate what your rates would look like if this SRV was applied visit our Rate Estimate calculator. Please have your current yearly rate notice at hand to help you make this calculation. This will show what the impact would have been in this year and will provide an indication as to the amount of the increase for your property next year.
Have Your Say information
Council is looking for your feedback on the proposed six pool, Swimming Pools Strategy Discussion Paper and the SRV that would potentially fund the long-term security of swimming pool services to our community. Council will consider all feedback when it reviews the responses on the model for the six pools and the potential SRV application.
Comments can also be left at the bottom of this page or emailed to email@example.com
Please submit your feedback by 11:45pm Sunday 20 October 2019