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People of Gungahlin, would you like a big pool or a small pool?

By johnboy 4 February 2011 22

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Territory And Municipal Services have started a public consultation on whether to build a 25 metre pool in Gungahlin or a proper 50 metre one.

There’s a page of concept plans.

Two public drop-in information sessions will be held at the Canberra Raiders Club (Cnr Gozzard and Hibberson Streets) in the Town Centre from 12 noon to 1.30 pm and from 6.30 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday 9 February 2011.

The concept plans will also be displayed at the Gungahlin Library, corner of Ernest Cavanagh Street and Gungahlin Place, Gungahlin.

Feedback on the preferred plans can be emailed to communityengagement@act.gov.au or mailed to Gungahlin Leisure Centre Options, GPO Box 158, Civic, ACT 2601.

UPDATE: Andrew Barr has put out a media release detailing all the cool things that might be lost if a bigger pool is selfishly pursued:

The study involved consultation with community and stakeholder groups and identified the future features of the Leisure Centre, which will be vitally important for meeting a wide range of sporting and recreational needs for the Gungahlin community, expected to reach a population of 50,000 by 2014.

As well as the main pool, the centre is proposed to include a 20-metre program pool, a gymnasium, flexible activity program rooms, childcare and a café.

The size of the main pool will have implications in the way the centre is designed and operates, how much it costs to build and run. It will also affect the way spaces can be used and activities programmed.

The Gungahlin Leisure Centre will be located on a 1.5 hectare site in a ‘wellness precinct’ along with Gungahlin College and the future Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

The consultation ends on 2 March.

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Mothy 10:25 am 09 Feb 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Perhaps Ian you’ve not patronised these venues recently? They are chokko. Plus, we are not talking about now. We are talking about a facility for the next 20 years. Over which time Belco facilities will be under far more pressure as 50-60,000 people move into Molonglo. And during which Gungahlin will greet another 50,000 people. So, what we have at Belco already is perfectly ample already you were saying?

+1 Al.

Meanwhile was fun to hear Mr Barr on the radio this morning, in advance of tonights meeting, saying ti was pretty obvious that the people of Gungahlin wanted a 50 meter pool but the consultation was as much about the other facilities to be provided at the site as it was about the length of the pool. Yeah, sure it is. Looking at the floor plans there’s so much difference between them beyond the pool length…

Surprises me that there is discussion of a netball etc court space in this facility – the courts at CISAC were turned over to further gym floorspace.

Gungahlin Al 10:21 pm 07 Feb 11

Ian said :

merlin bodega said :

. It would be difficult to imagine any urban collective in the country the size of Gungahlin without many of the municipal services it is lacking, including a public swimming pool.

Speaking specifically of a public pool, however, its unlikely that many such places also have 3 perfectly functional pools within 15 mins drive – AIS, CISAC and Dickson.

Perhaps Ian you’ve not patronised these venues recently? They are chokko.
Plus, we are not talking about now. We are talking about a facility for the next 20 years. Over which time Belco facilities will be under far more pressure as 50-60,000 people move into Molonglo. And during which Gungahlin will greet another 50,000 people.

So, what we have at Belco already is perfectly ample already you were saying?

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