Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on the future of public pools across the shire.
Otium Planning Group conducted a comprehensive review in 2016, which resulted in recommendations on the provision, value, costs, opportunities, risk management and the future renewal of our swimming pool facilities.
"Our six public swimming pools were built over the last 60 years and with two facilities due for renewal in the next 10 years, as well as managing smaller cost asset renewals across the remaining four sites, Council has significant decisions to make - including how to continue to fund our pools into the future," BVSC general manager Leanne Barnes said.
"A Swimming Pools Strategy Discussion Paper has been developed in order to advance our conversations with the community around the pools and we are particularly interested to hear the collective view on the best way forward.
"As a part of this discussion, we are looking at funding models to keep our commitment to maintaining our six pools - this includes the consideration of applying for a Special Rates Variation," Ms Barnes said.
A thorough community information and consultation program is being implemented that will include community information sessions; the establishment of dedicated webpages; formal public exhibition periods; a rates calculator; an independent phone survey; the distribution of information through Council's social media channels, the Council News publication and the local media; and a final report to Council.
Community information sessions are being held in each town with a public swimming pool in the coming weeks (all sessions will begin at 5.30pm):
- Cobargo Hall, Monday, September 16
- Eden Log Cabin, September 17
- Pambula Hall, Monday September 23
- Bemboka Hall, September 24
- Bega Civic Centre, Monday, September 30
- Candelo Hall, Wednesday, October 2.
To view the Swimming Pools Strategy Discussion Paper and provide your feedback, visit www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay.