Push for pool at Apollo Bay harbour

Apollo Bay pool campaigners want a new pool at the town's harbour.

APOLLO BAY indoor pool campaigners say they want a new aquatic centre at the town’s harbour precinct.

But pool campaign secretary Jane Gross said it would be Colac Otway Shire Council’s call on the location of a new pool.

“The site and design is clearly a decision that the council must make as they will be footing the operational costs,” Mrs Gross said.

“We don’t mind where it is, we just want an indoor pool,” she said.

Mrs Gross said the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre committee had met with the council and community, presenting recommendations from a feasibility study, including three potential sites.

“The study acknowledged the community demand and concluded that an indoor heated facility can be justified from a social equity, health and community building perspective,” she said.

The study recommended a 25-metre by four-lane lap pool plus a 10-metre-by-10 metre program pool heated to a higher temperature for swimming lessons and hydrotherapy.

“Three potential sites have been suggested: the school, Gambier Street recreation reserve and the harbour precinct,” Mrs Gross said.

“Each site offers different design opportunities, different capital costs and operational costs.

“The committee prefers the harbor because there could be cafe, gym and an allied health service so there are opportunities for three tenancies and that would reduce the cost to council.

“If they are trying to make the harbour a focal point then an indoor pool would be a tourist attraction and it could attract tourism funding,” she said.

“The harbour would have the highest capital outlay but lowest operating cost.”

Mrs Gross said the committee expected next week’s council meeting agenda to include a pool report.

“At this point, the committee is asking council for their in-principle support for an indoor heated aquatic centre in Apollo Bay; and to allocate $50,000 for further investigation of the suggested sites identified by the feasibility study and proposed by the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre committee,” she said.

“The committee is hopeful that council will recognise the health and social advantages to the Apollo Bay community far outweigh the cost to council to enable the achievement of an indoor heated pool facility in Apollo Bay.”

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