"Pools proposal irks MP"

Friends of Coburg Olympic Pool thank Lizzie Blandthorn for writing to Moreland City Council regarding their Draft Aquatic Strategy 2018-38 and in particular about the two outdoor pools including Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool. Lizzie highlighted the seemingly cursory treatment of our outdoor pools in the Strategy recommendations.

Friends of Coburg Olympic Pool was actively involved in the consultation for the draft strategy including:
• attending a focus group for the Coburg pools
• encouraging locals to get involved in the Our Say interactive portal
• asking on the Friends of Coburg Olympic Pool Facebook page what people wanted and working with Council to ensure they were reading the large volume of considered comments.

Throughout all the of various consultation processes the strong message coming through was that our wonderful pool needs to be heated to maximise its use. However reading the Strategy it was as if the consultation didn’t occur. Even though the background paper says the pool is near the end of its life, there is no vision or planning for anything at all for the pool, let alone heating, over the next TWENTY years.

We note the social media strategy for Active Moreland pools doesn’t include Coburg Olympic Pool. We want to see proactive planning and promotion for our well loved pool not merely reactive repairs.

The twenty year ‘plan’ seems to be to watch the physical decline of the pool and patch up when necessary. This is not good enough.

Good to see this was covered on page 5 of this week’s Moreland Leader.



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Have your say about our pool!

Now is the time to have your say about the Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool we all know and love. Read the comments too - I think a lot of us have similar concerns, opening times, water temperature, shade, how fabulous it is... Please speak up and ask your friends to have their say too.
Moreland City Council is developing and Aquatic and Leisure Strategy to help guide the future of the service for the next 10 years and beyond. This will provide a strategic document for the planning, provision and direction of Council's six aquatic and leisure facilities.
This will help guide:
  • How we prioritise planned maintenance/ renewal works
  • How we prioritise future investment in to facilities
  • How we provide health and wellness services
  • How we provide safe and accessible facilities
  • How we provide cost efficient and finacially sustainable facilities.
Throughout the development of the strategy there will be a number of opportunities for everyone to have their say.
More info here.