Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Carnegie outdoor pool - our other swim centre
With much of the current attention focused on the opening and usage of the new Glen Eira sports and aquatic centre (GESAC) at years end it is timely to consider the present arrangements and funding for our other pool at Carnegie in Koornang Rd.
Similar to previous years $205k is allocated in this years draft budget for maintenance and repairs. In April 2010 Council passed a motion that supported the present situation - and noted that any potential refurbishment of the centre would be considered after the opening of GESAC.
There will come a 'crunch decision' time most probably early in the next council term when councillors will have to decide the future of the Carnegie Pool - The age and state of the present facilities mean a significant refurbishment is required.
My concern has always and remains that the cost ($45m) and success of GESAC will be used as a reason in future not to invest in this upgrade. This much loved and used community facilty should be upgraded as soon as reasonably possible - There are many attractive features of the pool including the space and its unique diving section - features that will compliment not compete against the new Bentleigh facility.
At present there are no funds in our ten year Strategic Resource Plan (SRP) for this upgrade - i will continue to strongly advocate on this issue.