"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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