Pool plea knocked back

A SHORTFALL of a million dollars was one reason why Gladstone Regional Council has knocked back a request for support for a swimming pool at Agnes Water/1770.

The request from the Discovery Coast Swim Centre Inc (DCSC), along with an officer’s report, was tabled at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The DCSC requested support in developing and maintaining a 25-metre, eight-lane pool for the residents and visitors of the area, on the basis that a federal funding grant towards $1.5 million for construction of the facility was obtained by previous Member for Flynn Chris Trevor in the near future.

Council’s Parks and Recreation acting director Greg Griffiths said the DCSC’s request to council was to provide a suitable site and ongoing costs of about $35,000 a year.

“Our current amalgamation open space plan doesn’t list a pool at Agnes Water, even as a low priority,” he said.

Mr Griffiths said council’s investigations into the cost of constructing pools and other ongoing costs showed that the $1.5m figure would not be enough and there was a shortfall of about $1m.

He said there was also a shortfall in the ongoing costs, with evidence from Mt Larcom showing a revenue shortfall of $114,500 per year and Calliope, while in a partnership arrangement with Queensland Education, had a shortfall of $37,500 per year.

Mr Griffiths said Agnes Water would need a manager, which would add another $100,000 and the benchmark of population figures for a pool to be feasible was 20,000 to 25,000 and Agnes Water/1770 had 10,000 to 12,000.

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