A concept drawing of what is believed to be the council’s preferred plan for a revamp of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre.
A concept drawing of what is believed to be the council’s preferred plan for a revamp of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre.

Petition to keep 50-metre pool

IN A SIGN that Maryborough is willing to fight to keep its 50-metre pool, petitions in protest of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre overhaul are now circulating the Fraser Coast.

Already hundreds of people have signed their names on the dotted line in disagreement with the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s proposals.

These proposals include a plan – believed to be the preferred plan – for two 25-metre pools, a learn to swim pool and a water play area.

This would mean the loss of the existing 50-metre pool – and capacity for Maryborough to host school carnivals and regional competitions.

It would also mean aspiring swimmers would have to travel to Hervey Bay to train.

Yesterday the president of the Maryborough RSL Sub-Branch, Bob Evans, bought into the debate.

“It’s just isn’t feasible,” he said.

“We’ve got an Olympic-sized pool here – aspiring elite swimmers can’t train in a 25-metre pool.”

According to Mr Evans, the pool was donated by the army to Maryborough through the RSL.

“The whole pool area was originally part of the army depot – the 47th battalion,” he said.

Plans to revamp the MAC were first floated in the late 1990s.

The Maryborough City Council grappled with alternative plans which included negotiating with the adjoining bowling club and defence forces but both proposed deals failed to secure the extra land needed for expansion.

Negotiations continue between the Maryborough Swimming Club and the council on the proposed plans.

Fraser Coast residents are invited to visit www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au to have their say on the council’s proposals and take part in our poll.



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