Council seeks community feedback on usability of local pools
Published on 08 February 2018
Water temperature, season length and pool programs will be the topics of discussion as Council seeks community feedback on the future operation of its pools.
At the Extra Ordinary meeting in January Councillors resolved to seek community feedback recommendations contained in a Feasibility Study for improvements to the five Council managed pools.
Director Assets and Infrastructure Matt Christensen said that feedback from the community was a key priority in the long term planning for pool infrastructure.
“We know the pools debate is an emotive one and so we want to be sure everyone has the chance to comment,” Mr Christensen said.
In mid-2017 Council engaged an external company to undertake the Pools Feasibility Study.
The study was to give a clear opinion on the cost versus benefit of heating or using other methods to help extend the swimming season across all council pools, and to indicate if these options would be financially sustaining in the long term.
“Recommendations from the report encouraged Council to invest in heating measures to bring the pool water temperature up to a reliable general recreation temperature of 26oC for the main pool season,” Mr Christensen said.
“It was also noted that the heating may then allow a ‘shoulder’ extension of the pool season for some pools at a somewhat lower temperature suitable for lap swimming.”
The feasibility report went on to recommend a new enclosed 25metre lap pool and program pool be built alongside the existing 50metre Tumut pool, and that the area be developed into a Regional Aquatic Centre.
Mr Christensen said plans to transform the existing Tumut pool into a Regional Aquatic Centre are part of a long term 10 year aspirational masterplan and are subject to future funding.
“The construction of an Aquatic Centre is a long term visionary plan, in its early stages and we want to hear if the plans developed to date have captured the community’s vision,” Mr Christensen said.
Mr Christensen went on to say that there are funds currently allocated to upgrade the existing Tumut pool amenities block, entrance and car parking.
”These facility improvements are funded from the Stronger Communities Grant and will be undertaken before the end of 2019. We want to make sure before construction starts that we consider any future infrastructure requirements for a possible Aquatic centre expansion,” he said.
Council are keen to know what the communities think about these ideas and also want to better understand how locals use and enjoy their local pool facilities.
“People can have their say on the future of their local pools in a number of ways”, Mr Christensen explained.
“We are inviting people to meet us at their local pool over the coming weeks on a Sunday to chat with us in person and there’s a short on-line survey for those who can’t make it,” he said.
Council staff will be attending the following Pool Pop-Up Sessions:
- Batlow Pool – Sunday 11 Feb, 3pm - 4pm
- Tumut Pool – Sunday 18 Feb, 3pm – 4p
- Adelong Pool – Sunday 18 Feb, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
- Khancoban Pool – Sunday 4 Mar, 1.30 – 2.30pm
- Tumbarumba Pool – Sunday 4 Mar, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
“We want to hear especially from pool users to learn how they feel about pool water temperatures, season length and program offerings,” Mr Christensen said.
“We will also have copies of the Tumut Aquatic Centre Masterplan for people to view and give us feedback on what they’d like the precinct to look like in 10 years’ time.”
For those not able to attend a face-to-face session community members are encouraged to take the short on-line pool survey at snowyvalleys.nsw.gov.au/pools-survey or email Council at [email protected] with their feedback.
For more information on the Pools Feasibility Study or Tumut Aquatic Centre Masterplans, please contact Director Infrastructure and Assets, Matthew Christensen on 69412525.