Flat pool plans not final

THE City of Greater Bendigo says facilities at the proposed site of the new Kangaroo Flat pool may need to be demolished to make way for the proposed $16 million aquatic centre.Five councillors and City staff toured four aquatic centres across the state on Tuesday as part of a fact-finding mission and inspected facilities ranging in cost from $9 million to $33 million.Councillor Alec Sandner said the tour of aquatic centres in Waurn Ponds, Kyneton, Wyndham and Ocean Grove had made it clear the Kangaroo Flat plans were a proposal only, by no means final.“I dare say the Kangaroo Flat facilities will be knocked down if it goes ahead,” he said. “There are things we want to add on, a children’s pool, a hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium and sauna.“We want to do it right and a few councillors are thinking if we build the aquatic centre then we’ll knock down the building there and start again.”Cr Barry Lyons said it was clear the days of open outdoor pools were numbered.“The tour was the best thing we could have done, it gave us the opportunity to draw our own conclusions before we start and gave us a perspective of costs.”Cr Keith Reynard said council should concentrate on getting a good quality 25-metre pool.“There are arguments for a 50-metre versus a 20-metre pool and in an ideal world we’d all love a 50-metre pool,” he said. “But as far as everyday practical outcomes go I think we need a very good quality 25-metre pool which would allow us to focus on other areas of the aquatic centre.”Mayor Rod Campbell and Cr James Reade also took part in the tour.In August council announced it was proposing to close Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square and Long Gully outdoor pools to make way for a $16 million indoor aquatic centre in Kangaroo Flat.clareq@bendigoadvertiser.com.au