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Strategic plan to cover all Valley pools

Ellen, 10 and Lauren, 8 Irwin of the Gold Coast and Abe Herbert, 11 of Grafton enjoying the Yamba Community Pool on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak
Ellen, 10 and Lauren, 8 Irwin of the Gold Coast and Abe Herbert, 11 of Grafton enjoying the Yamba Community Pool on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak

CLARENCE Valley Council is preparing a strategic plan for swimming pools in the region.

The study will investigate the suitability of existing aquatic facilities and identify the best approach to delivering aquatic facilities into the future.

It will consider community aspirations and the council's capacity to deliver contemporary facilities.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the Sports Facilities Plan adopted by the council last year identified the need to examine the most financially sustainable way of providing aquatic facilities that meet current and future needs.

"The Aquatic Facilities Strategic Plan will determine the need for new aquatic facilities, and if so, where and at what cost," Cr Williamson said.

"It will also guide the council on the most appropriate future improvements to existing pools and their operation.

"Aquatic facilities provide important sport, health and recreation opportunities to residents.

"But like all councils there are pressures on our budget and we want to ensure the money we spend on swimming pools maximises the benefits to community members," he said.

The project will include all six existing swimming pools in Grafton, South Grafton, Maclean, Yamba, Ulmarra and Glenreagh.

The council has commissioned leisure planning and management consultants, Strategic Leisure Group, to prepare the plan.

Managing director of Strategic Leisure Group David Mason said there will be many opportunities for residents to express their views.

"In coming weeks an aquatic facility survey will be available which residents will be able to complete online or via hard copy from the council offices," Mr Mason said.

"Pool users will also be invited to complete a survey that will be available at the council pools.

"We will also be meeting with user groups, pool managers, program providers, other stakeholders and surveying schools."

Mayor Williamson encouraged residents to get involved in the study.

"Information on the aquatic surveys is available on the council's website, clarence.nsw.gov.au, under "strategicpoolplan".

"We would like as many people as possible to have their say," he said.

Residents can also contact the consultants directly by phoning 1300 734 626 or via a dedicated address for the study cvcpools@strategicleisure.com.au.

Topics:  clarence valley council, public swimming pool

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