The development of the proposed pool precinct is progressing well. Council is now in receipt of concept designs and costings, and in addition draft tender documentation. It has taken time to get to this point but it has been well worth bringing all of the potential elements together so the proposal can be considered by Council and the community holistically.
The precinct will see the demolition of the existing wading pool and the construction of a new splash park. The splash park will incorporate a body of water which will allow toddlers to become ‘water aware’, to float and to blow bubbles. In addition there will be water features to run through and play under.
The existing amenity building will be renovated and an all access amenity included. The existing amenity will be also be extended to include a more inviting and practical entry, and an activity/multipurpose room. The proposed development also includes the demolition of the existing 33 metre pool and the construction of a new 25 metre pool. The new pool would have six lanes, an all access ramp with handrail and a deep end of either 2 metres or 2.5 metres and is subject to Council sourcing external funds.
The pool precinct development is part of the Big River Dreaming project and as such will have a tourism element. Subject to community collaboration it is envisaged that the ‘theme’ will be for the visitor, primarily families, will be to discover and learn about the animals that live on, near or above the Gwydir River. Council has successfully conveyed this ‘theme’ at Cranky Rock through signage which include incredible photos, interesting information and ‘fun facts’.
To open the conversation with the community as to how the pool precinct will be shaped a meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 August at the Roxy Theatre at 6pm. The meeting is open to all.