Tuesday 23 February 2016
Bega Valley Shire Council has commenced an Aquatic Facilities Strategy. The aim of the study is to provide direction for the ongoing provision of aquatic facilities in the shire to best meet the needs of the community over the next 10 – 20 years.
Mayor, Michael Britten, said the study would provide important guidance and direction for Council on its future provision and management of aquatic facilities.
“Aquatic facilities, programs and services in the Bega Valley Shire are highly valued by this community. This Strategy will become the key tool to guide provision and development of Council pools over the next 10 - 20 years.”
Council commissioned sport and leisure planning consultants, Otium Planning Group to prepare the study.
Director of Otium Planning Group, David Mason, said similar studies have been undertaken by other local authorities across New South Wales.
“Aquatic facilities provide important health, sporting, social and recreational benefits,” Mr Mason said.
“Councils want to ensure their pools remain relevant to community needs and aquatic leisure trends so that they maximise usage and viability within available budget constraints.”
Council aims to develop a strategy that provides direction on the provision, value, costs, opportunities, risk and the future asset renewal of these facilities. It will include investigation of the number and location of sites, opportunities to increase participation, future needs, priority improvements, capital and operating costs, management models, and ensuring good value for Council.
There will be a number of opportunities for community members to express their views about aquatic facilities.
Hard copies of the survey can also be found at Councils office, libraries and aquatic facilities. The survey is an important part of the study process as it will provide Council with a clearer understanding about how residents feel about aquatic facilities.
The survey closes on Monday 21 March, 2016.
The consultants are also meeting with pool stakeholders. Residents can contact the consultants directly by phoning 02 800 75476 or on firstname.lastname@example.org. The consultants will be meeting with stakeholders at each pool in the coming weeks.
Cr Britten encouraged residents to get involved in the study. “Pools are an important part of Council services and we would like as many people as possible to have their say,” he said.
For more information about the study, please contact Leanne Webb, Aquatic Facilities Coordinator, Bega Valley Shire Council, on 02 6494 3100.