Warrnambool pools proposals put forward

MORE than 70 submissions have been received on options for possible future redevelopment of Warrnambool’s AquaZone recreation and aquatic centre.

Four options ranging from $3 million to $12.5m have been canvassed in the AquaZone strategy 2025 draft document which looks at the next decade and beyond.

It follows an initial community consultation process which gathered ideas and feedback from more than 1000 people.

There are only two weeks left to made submissions which close 5pm on Friday, February 15.

An  interactive website at yoursaywarrnambool.com.au also allows users to ask questions and discuss the project in an online forum.

The council’s recreation and culture manager Russell Lineham said the site was an  efficient way for people to make submissions to selected council strategies and surveys.

“We still have the traditional hardcopy format and written submissions available for those who prefer pen and paper, but the introduction of an online option makes public submissions more accessible for a lot of people,” Mr Lineham said.

The four major development proposals are:

Option 1: outdoor 50-metre pool renewal and gym expansion, estimated cost $3.1 million.

Option 2: option 1, plus additional development opportunities, estimated cost $5.35 million.

Option 3:  new indoor 50m pool and gym expansion plus additional development opportunities, estimated cost $8.3 million.

Option 4: new indoor 50m pool, new warm-water program pool, gym expansion plus additional development opportunities, estimated cost $12.5 million.

Copies of the strategy and feedback forms are available from AquaZone and the civic centre.

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