Anzac Pool lessee Ian Thomson would be sad to lose the ageing facility.
Anzac Pool lessee Ian Thomson would be sad to lose the ageing facility.

A soft spot for our site

ANZAC Pool leaseholder Ian Thomson said he had mixed feelings about the proposal to move the Quay Street facility to make way for a new memorial park.

“The pool is a memorial in its own right,” he said.

“A new pool would be fantastic, but so many people have a soft spot for this pool and this site.”

However, mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said even if the proposed park did not go ahead, the pool's long-term future was uncertain.

“That site is considerably constrained for a pool because of parking issues and because you can't add to it,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“It stands to reason that even if we don't get the money through this grant, council will have to look at where a proper aquatic centre could go in the long term.”

Based on costings from previous research about relocating the pool, Cr Pyefinch said the new facility may cost about $11 million, plus costs associated with identifying a new site, but said the figure was not final.

The parklands was slated for a water park several years ago, but the plan was scrapped following amalgamation.

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