The Beagle Editor, Many negative comments have been circulating about the Batemans Bay Aquatic Centre.
Certain reporters claiming to have spoken to locals, supposedly all wanting a 50m pool.
So how many residents were actually spoken to?
A facility like an aquatic centre is intended for a very broad spectrum of the community. That often means compromise. Sorry, but needing a hydrotherapy pool, a program pool for instruction, a play area, as well as a lap pool means not everyone gets their dream pool. Well tough luck to a small few, because most of us would be best served by the current proposal!
I have been part of the effort to get an all year aquatic centre in Batemans Bay for many years. Letters, requests for suggestions and community stalls have been ongoing for decades.....yes, decades! And only now that a small, stagnant group that suddenly want a long lap pool for their own selfish purposes, do these people pipe up. Well, I say that they absolutely do not represent most people. And especially the older people or those with special needs. A proper aquatic centre catering for a very broad spectrum of the community is needed now!
Council have got this one right for the majority of residents, visitors and tourists in the Eurobodalla.