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Correcting the myths about the Regional Aquatic Facility

26/06/2020

There are a number of misconceptions in the community about the planning for a new Regional Aquatic Facility.

There has been some feedback from the community that there are enough pools in Georges River. Georges River Council Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy identified the need for a third regional aquatic facility in the area. In preparing the Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study, industry experts Otium Planning Group found a low usage rate of aquatic facilities in our local government area compared to other Sydney LGAs and that there was an existing need and unmet demand for a new Regional Aquatic Facility.

Council is exploring the potential for a multi-use 50 metre, 10 lane, pool catering for both competitive and recreational swimmers. Toddlers and people learning to swim could have ample opportunity with a 25 metre indoor learn to swim and leisure pool, and a toddler’s water area.

Any new facility should also allow children to experience a water play and splash pad and adventure water area, and would also offer a place to focus on health and wellness. Gym and weights facilities and group fitness rooms could be provided alongside spa and sauna amenities and a wellness centre.

The images recently published in The Leader are examples of new facilities in Australia and are not images of any Regional Aquatic Facility proposed for Georges River. Additionally there are no development proposals for the Kogarah War Memorial Pool site at Carss Park. Council has in fact resolved to demolish the old pool, decontaminate the site and return the site to parkland. The site continues to remain zoned for public recreation under the draft LEP 2020.

Planning for the Regional Aquatic Facility is currently at the stage of detailed technical investigations for Todd Park. This helps Council to better understand if the site is suitable for a regional aquatic facility. These investigations include all necessary technical studies and the preparation of high level cost estimates that would enable a Preliminary Business Case to be prepared in the future should Council decide to proceed with the project. No decision can be made about any Regional Aquatic Facility or Todd Park until that work is completed.

Some feedback has been received from the community, concerned that a new aquatic facility could potentially occupy all of Todd Park. Todd Park is more than 4 hectares in size and industry advice suggests that a regional facility would ordinarily occupy less than one hectare.

You can track the stages of this project on Council’s website http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/About-Your-Council/Major-Projects/Regional-Aquatic-Facility 

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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