Council takes next step towards pool upgrades

Council takes next step towards pool upgrades

Upgrades and new additions are on the cards for Cowra Aquatic Centre after council voted to proceed to tender for architectural and engineering designs.

In his report to council, Director of Infrastructure and Operations, Dirk Wymer, said this would include an upgrade of the filtration plant, the installation of the Myrtha 'RenovAction' pool liner system and the conversion of the toddler pool to splash pad including demographic analysis on the sizing of this area.

Councillor Bruce Miller said the pool has been in need of some upgrades for quite some time.

"It's certainly in our long term planning to get stuck in and do some work down there," Cr Miller said.

"Then we will get to a stage where we will know exactly, hopefully, what the whole cost of this project will be and proceed to starting the work sometime soon."

Cr Judi Smith raised concerns about the removal of the toddlers' pool for a splash pool.

"I know splash parks are very fashionable and lots of fun but I would have thought there are possibly people who would also like to still have pool that toddlers can immerse themselves in," she said.

In response, Mr Wymer said the pool consultant believed a splash pool would provide "the best potential to increase revenue and provide a community facility that is attractive and enjoyable" but stressed council would be involved in the design process.

"I would stress that at this stage the recommendation includes demographic analysis of the sizing of this area so council will be involved further down the track in the actual design of that area.

"At this stage, it's a recommendation to proceed so we can start looking at some solid designs... We would need to produce some designs so we've got something to look at with councillors."

Council-commissioned reports in 2017 found "issues with the structural integrity of the pool's facilities and non-compliance with various current standards".

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