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Regional Aquatic Facility planning for Georges River Council

27/05/2020

The Georges River Council Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan recognised the need for a third regional aquatic facility in the Georges River area.
 
Council commissioned Otium Planning Group to conduct the Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study in 2019 to inform its plans for development of a potential future third local aquatic facility, to better meet the current and future needs of the Georges River community.
 
Otium’s report covers more than nine months of research, engagement and consultation on the need for a Future Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre in the Georges River Council area. The report was on public display from 23 December 2019 – 28 February 2020 with four projects forums in mid-February 2020 to provide a forum for participants to discuss key issues.
 
In the research for the report Otium found a low usage rate of aquatic facilities in the local government area compared to other Sydney LGAs and that there was a substantial need, unmet demand and public support for a new Regional Aquatic Facility in the area.
 
At its meeting on Monday 25 May 2020, Georges River Council considered the final Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (the Study) prepared by consultants Otium Planning Group.
 
The Study scored four potential locations for a new Regional Aquatic Facility in the Georges River area, based on 16 selection criteria, and recommended Todd Park in Blakehurst as the most appropriate site.
 
Several factors contributed to Otium Planning Group’s recommendation of Todd Park as the most appropriate location for a Regional Aquatic Facility. These include its location within a large potential user catchment area, and the largest level land area of 4.15ha. The site for is approximately 600 metres from the currently closed Kogarah War Memorial Pool.
 
At the meeting Council resolved to commence to the next stage of detailed technical investigations for the highest ranking location to confirm that the site is suitable for the proposed development of a regional aquatic facility, including 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.
 
There is now a rescission motion lodged on that decision and Council will meet again on Monday to discuss the matter.
 
Council closed the Kogarah War Memorial pool (Carss Park Pool) on Tuesday 23 July 2019 following investigations with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority of environmental damage caused by the pool discharge and leaking into Georges River.
 
The Kogarah War Memorial Pool is 54 years old, opened in late 1965, and has a sentimental value to the community where it is located.
 
Council envisages that a new Regional Aquatic Facility will be a multi-faceted aquatic facility and not simply a pool.  The vision is for a multi-use outdoor 50 metre, 10 lane, pool catering for both competitive and recreational swimmers and toddlers and people learning to swim would have ample opportunity with a 25 metre indoor learn to swim and leisure pool, and a toddler’s water area. 
 
A new proposed facility should also allow children to experience a water play and splash pad and waterslides and adventure water area, and the centre would also offer a place to focus on health and wellness. Gym and weights facilities and group fitness rooms are planned alongside spa and sauna amenities and a wellness centre.
 
Further information and background can be found here:

https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Services/Parks-and-Recreation-Spaces/Aquatic-Centres
 
http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/About-Your-Council/Major-Projects/Kogarah-War-Memorial-Pool
 
https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/About-Your-Council/Media/Closure-of-Kogarah-War-Memorial-Pool-(Carss-Park-Pool)
 
https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/About-Your-Council/Media/Photos-reveal-condition-of-Kogarah-War-Memorial-Pool-(Carss-Park-Pool)
 
For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.
 

 
 
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