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Gungahlin swimming pool promise debate

By Gungahlin Al - 27 October 2010 27

What’s a promise worth? At the ACT Assembly this afternoon MLAs will debate the August 2008 ALP pre-election promise that “Gungahlin residents to benefit from new 50m pool complex”.

Andrew Barr said at the time that it “will include a 50 metre pool, a 25 metre pool at least 1 court space, for example a netball court and associated amenities such as a café and gymnasium.” http://www.chiefminister.act.gov.au/media.php?v=7202

This was in line with very clear campaigning over several years by GCC based on community surveying that a 50-metre pool was needed, and that people were prepared to wait rather than accept just a 25-metre pool.

Well we have waited, but in recent weeks we’ve received an indication that the now renamed Aquatic and Leisure Centre will include many things but not a 50-metre pool! Gymnasium, sports medical services, and more have been deemed by the authorities as more ‘commercially viable’. They have had a feasibility study done that says you can’t run a 50-metre pool at a profit.

But since when has a local municipality providing core community services been about profits? Has the decision to build a library ever been predicated on it being able to turn a profit? Of course not.

Learn-to-swim classes are critical for Gungahlin families who currently have to commute out to swim classes elsewhere in Canberra. But as everyone knows, these classes totally dominate the 25-metre pool at each centre every afternoon and Saturday – at the very times people also want to train.

We also know that the sport of swimming deserves a far higher prominence in our schools. In other parts of the country, kids train all year to get ready for summer swimming competitions that bring the school together in a big carnival. In Canberra swimming competitions are almost afterthoughts, that are held within weeks of the school year starting.

When I was a Councillor in Queensland, I chaired the Sunshine Coast Water Safety Advisory Committee. For all the emergency services members of that committee, the number one concern was inland residents holidaying on the coast who could not swim well enough.

Now I live in an inland city and I can see how this comes about. (Incidentally, in our Council we had three 50-metre and twice as many 25-metre pools for a population of just 115,000! We knew they didn’t make money and we budgeted accordingly because they were core services.)

Jeremy Hanson clearly reads GCC newsletters, and is bringing the issue to the Assembly’s attention today. I hope the Greens will also call the ACT Government to account on keeping their election promises.

We’ve only got space for one such centre in our town, and we are building this town centre for the population of 90-100,000 that we’ll have very soon. The facilities need to match that projected population.

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Gungahlin swimming pool promise debate
Keijidosha 9:33 am 28 Oct 10

Pork Hunt said :

amarooresident3 said :

Pools are not core services.

What? So the same goes for ovals, picnic areas, parks and other recreational facilities?

Judging by the appalling state of the public oval adjacent to my house I would say that very little in the ACT is considered a core service – unless it produces a healthy revenue stream of course.

postmanpat 10:02 pm 27 Oct 10

Haven’t been to the Tuggeranong pool for some months but whenever I frequented the place it had the boom out on the 50m pool making 2 x 25m pools anyway. I don’t quite get that. By the sounds of it maybe it has changed of late?

georgesgenitals 7:45 pm 27 Oct 10

Why the hell would anyone want a pool 50 metres deep? Even 25 metres is deeper than I can dive!

JC 7:39 pm 27 Oct 10

deezagood said :

Al,

I don’t think we have a 50m swimming pool in Tuggers (Tuggers is 25 and Erindale is 25 … not sure about Philip?); in fact we often head to your side of town for the nice, big pools at CISAC, AIS and Jameson. I think it might be hard to justify a 50m pool when the world-class AIS and CISAC facilities are just 10 minutes away from Gungahlan.

From the Tuggeranong pool website “Lakeside Leisure Centre is located at the corner of Anketell St and Athllon Drive in Greenway and is the only 50 metre pool in the Tuggeranong Valley.”

Also the 3rd pool you mention is actualy in Jamison aka Macquarie not Jameson.

Pork Hunt 7:10 pm 27 Oct 10

amarooresident3 said :

Pools are not core services.

What? So the same goes for ovals, picnic areas, parks and other recreational facilities?

laughtong 6:21 pm 27 Oct 10

Tuggeranong Pool can be set to either 25m or 50m with a movable boom thing.

If a pool is to be built out there definitely make it 50m with a boom.

Also consult and listen to the swimming community to avoid some of the errors made at CISAC.

el 6:17 pm 27 Oct 10

sepi said :

Build a 50m pool.

No, build a 25 metre pool with only two lanes, then promise to upgrade it to 50 metres x 8 lanes in five years time.

A Noisy Noise Annoys 5:58 pm 27 Oct 10

deezagood said :

Al,

I don’t think we have a 50m swimming pool in Tuggers (Tuggers is 25 and Erindale is 25 … not sure about Philip?); in fact we often head to your side of town for the nice, big pools at CISAC, AIS and Jameson. I think it might be hard to justify a 50m pool when the world-class AIS and CISAC facilities are just 10 minutes away from Gungahlan.

Yes there’s a 50m pool in Tuggers – the Lakeside Leisure Centre. I go there every morning. Didn’t the ACT Government say something about people in Gungahlin being able to use the pool the little darlings at Bimberi Holiday Camp have?

rosebud 5:48 pm 27 Oct 10

Build a lagoon like they have at Redcliffe in QLD. It’s got artificial beaches and islands and a long deep channel in the middle for doing laps (around the islands). There’s also a big playground off to one side. There’s BBQs and grassy areas and a couple of old-time-looking change rooms. All free, all for the public good. A real adventure for the whole family.

Thumper 5:11 pm 27 Oct 10

What’s the problem? Andrew Barr promised a 50 metre pool and now he’s reneged.

A politician lied. Nothing unsurprising here.

sepi 4:57 pm 27 Oct 10

If something is worth doing, do it right the first time.

Just because the southside only has small pools is no reason to do this in gungahlin.
Especially if people are willing to drive across town to get to one.

I thought Gungahlin was supposed to be all about tiny blocks and big houses with no yards, but lots of public open space and facilities to compensate.

Build a 50m pool.

deezagood 4:11 pm 27 Oct 10

Al,

I don’t think we have a 50m swimming pool in Tuggers (Tuggers is 25 and Erindale is 25 … not sure about Philip?); in fact we often head to your side of town for the nice, big pools at CISAC, AIS and Jameson. I think it might be hard to justify a 50m pool when the world-class AIS and CISAC facilities are just 10 minutes away from Gungahlan.

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:54 pm 27 Oct 10

the population of 90-100,000 that we’ll have very soon

32K in 2006 to 50K in 2014. When are you expecting the other 50K to show up?

Or you could just drive to CISAC. Or the AIS. Or the Dickson Aquatic Centre. All three are closer to the Marketplace than Lakeside Leisure Centre is from Banks.

amarooresident3 3:41 pm 27 Oct 10

Pools are not core services.

vg 2:57 pm 27 Oct 10

Once again the Govt will trot out the old ‘not enough people’ argument but, like the GDE, their planning horizon is 2-3 years. Heaven forbid decent infrastructure gets put in place to meet the increasing demands rather than deal with them after the the demand has been there for years.

Mind you we can’t have a 50m pool but what’s here now is good enough for a ginormous school adjacent to the site. Go figure.

Andrew Barr wouldn’t know sport or health if it bit him on the ass

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