Peter Davis I welcome your thoughts and constructive suggestions regarding pool facilities for our community.
I was aware of the role you played in selling our existing facility, but I was not aware of your support for it prior to its establishment and construction.
Your background information and knowledge of difficulties in providing a public pool in our size community is valuable. We should learn from past experiences.
I too have experience in council-owned and operated pools. In my term as mayor of Warwick, Queensland, the council built a pool and recreation centre similar in size to our existing.
It runs at a loss, but that cost, in my mind, is more than offset by the benefits it delivers to the community.
The challenge is to ensure any facility provided is the right size for our present and future population, uses design and water treatment that is best practice and that capital and ongoing operating cost are minimised.
Regarding your plans, I have some questions on the proposal.
I welcome the concept of foreshore development. It is the heart and show place of Port Lincoln. It is where people want to be, however I am not sure what the community would think about car-parks and buildings either side of the town jetty on infill land created on the beach.
Over the years council has relocated bowling and fishing club buildings from that area. So in the past the emphasis has been opening up the lawns and sea front.
I understand there was public concern when the new toilet block was constructed to replace the ageing structure at the end of Adelaide Place.
I agree that the visitors information centre needs a more prominent location, with better access. Again your suggestion of locating it on constructed land in front of the retail strip, may not be well received. I believe we have other suitable sites.
In your letter you suggest the pool could be sea water or maybe fresh. If fresh then what is the advantage of your proposed location? Constructed land would come at a cost greater than existing shore based.
If sea water is used are you then imagining a non-heated pool?
An upgraded, updated enclosed swimming facility to replace the existing shark net attached to the town jetty is under consideration by council.
Now is the time to have these debates, to hear all the ideas and for the community to be as informed as possible.
So thank you for your correspondence, and as you included the Times in your circulation, I thought it appropriate that I reply with an open letter.
Mayor, City of Port Lincoln
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