Council’s preferred pool plan

THE FRASER Coast Regional Council’s preferred plan for the overhaul of Maryborough Aquatic Centre includes two 25-metre pools, a learn to swim pool and a water play area.

This means the loss of the existing 50-metre pool – and the capacity to host school carnivals and regional competitions.

The council’s principal officer of major projects, Tracey Genrich, said this was “by no means the final plan”.

“This initial plan was based on information gathered during the 2006 consultation on the Maryborough Sport and Recreation Plan ... just a starting point for further consideration.”

Ms Genrich said the council was keen to get the process under way to take advantage of the next round of State Government Major Facilities funding opportunities.

“We now need to finalise concept plans and detailed design documentation in readiness for the call for funding submissions.”

She said the council had allowed $1 million in its 2010/11 budget for the re-development of the 50-year-old centre and a further $4.5 million (including grant funds if the application is successful) in the 2011/12 budget.

Anyone who would like to voice an opinion on the proposed plan is welcome to send their thoughts to Chronicle editor Peter Chapman at peter.chapman@frasercoastchronicle.com.au.



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