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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Council's pool project manager says $51m not enough for new pool

The Beagle Editor, Members of our Save the 50 Metre Pool group attended the Batemans Bay information aquatic pool kiosk to make enquiries around various issues identified in the three new concept plans being displayed for comment by Eurobodalla Council. Stephen Phipps, the Mackay Park Coordinator said today at the ESC kiosk ”$51 million is not enough. Some facilities will go!” He indicated the the demise of the pool with a throat cut gesture. When asked about the comparative figures for the three concept plans he said "Yes. I've got them" and then said no more. Mr Phipps also opinioned about the downgrading of the 50m pool to 25m "We had it pretty good having a 50m pool." He also advised that a lot of the money is required in shoring up the new pool's foundations indicating it was VERY expensive which asks the question of why not have the pool at Hanging Rock. It is understood that the project has already cost in the vicinity of $4m in consultants, meetings and plans and that have been redrafted yet again. It is about time Council's General Manager, Catherine Dale showed the community the figures. Where has our money gone? You are bulldozing our 50 m pool and now talking about downgrading facilities. Is Council now going to build a 12m lap pool? What are you including and excluding in the Mackay Park Aquatic/Arts Centre Catherine? The community deserves some answers. $51 million come on! FFBB 50m pool group

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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