Corowa will have a 50 metre outdoor pool built after a close 5:4 vote by Federation Councillors at their monthly meeting yesterday, Tuesday May 15.
Preparation of a project implementation plan for a new $7,819,000 outdoor 50m Corowa Swimming Pool complex and a detailed components brief are to take place for a final concept design to be prepared and endorsed.
The action follows Federation Council’s decision at yesterday’s monthly meeting, after further debate, to endorse Option 4 - an outdoor seasonal 50m, eight lane pool and 15m long x 11.5m learn to swim/program pool and splash pad.
The motion put by Cr Shaun Whitechurch also includes that council continue to investigate an indoor heated pool option.
Seconded by Cr Andrew Kennedy, the motion received support from Crs Bronwyn Thomas, Norm Wales and Mayor Pat Bourke.
Before the vote was put, Cr Gail Law spoke at length against the motion, emphasising the need solely for an indoor heated pool.
She was supported by Cr Paul Migel, David Longley and Fred Longmire. All spoke shortly against the 50m pool.
“Council has now appointed a project manager to lead this very important community project,” council’s Interim General Manager Adrian Butler said.
Council’s decision confirms the in-principle decision it made at its last monthly meeting on April 17. The decision follows consideration by council’s nine councillors after the five-week final public consultation ended on May 1.
Along with the ‘Save Corowa’s 50m Pool’ petition tabled at council’s March meeting, 18 submissions were received during the latest exhibition period.
Corowa Amateur Swimming and Lifesaving Club sought Option 4 with an extended season and in separate submissions, four residents also wanted the outdoor 50m pool.
Twelve submissions from residents sought council’s approval for an indoor pool.
Ball Park Caravan Park annual leaseholders provided a joint submission involving 27 people expressing various concerns in relation to Ball Park Caravan Park and any impact from the Corowa Swimming Pool development.
Federation Council has a total of $4.43 million for the project via $1.93 in cash reserve, $1 million from the NSW Government Club Grants Program and $1.5 million from the NSW Government Stronger Communities Major Projects Fund (Corowa/Urana amalgamation funding). Remaining funding will be from a loan and/or other grants.
Further story on the debate about the pool will appear in next week’s edition of The Free Press.