Advice for defending the outdoor swimming pool

By Holly McGuinness

Brimbank Council will lobby the State Government for an outdoor swimming pool at the Brimbank Aquatics and Wellness Center (BAWC)

The council said it was necessary to secure government funding for the $10 million after funding the majority of the construction costs for the aquatic and wellness center.

The Council contributed $60 million to the project, and the government provided $2 million.

The centre, which is still under construction, will have four indoor pools but is missing a 25m outdoor pool, which was a feature of the old St Albans Leisure Centre.

A report to the Tuesday, July 19, board meeting said that given the level of funding required, the most appropriate option was for the board to seek funding before the November state election.

“An important consideration is that any state government commitment should be made for the full amount of the overall cost, as the council has invested significantly in the development of the BAWC and there is currently no related allocation in the council’s 10-year capital works program,” the report states.

“Long term, the council could consider advocacy approaches ahead of future federal budgets for consideration.”

Councilwoman Virginia Tachos welcomed the council’s decision to seek state government funding for the outdoor pool.

“I applaud the council for their continued advocacy for the St Albans outdoor swimming pool, but also for their pursuit of broader funding for the sun as well as sports facilities in Brimbank,” a- she declared.

“We should continue to advocate strongly at all levels to partner with the council, to ensure that our facilities are not funded solely by taxpayers.

“At some point we have to partner with state and federal, and we can see that when projects are delivered in partnership. We are also getting better quality from this project”

Cr Bruce Lancashire said land had already been reserved for the pool.

“…Everything is ready for this type of development to continue if we get the funding, so that and other ideas the board might have in terms of preparing projects ahead of potential grant opportunities is something something we are definitely doing and I would encourage continue doing,” he said.

Richard F. Gandhi