OTIUM, the consultancy firm hired by the Strathbogie Shire Council to conduct a report into the shire’s four outdoor swimming pools, released its final report last week.
In their ‘Community Pools Strategy’, the consultancy makes a series of recommendations about ways in which each pool could be improved to ensure their long term survival.
For a number of years the declining numbers of people visiting the public pools as a whole has thrown the sustainability of the pools – which cost some $350,000 per year to maintain – due to a perceived inability to justify the ongoing costs for limited usage.
The Pools Strategy, however, defends the need for public pools in our communities, describing them as ‘highly valued community assets’ citing their own recently conducted community survey.
‘The pools are vital for recreation and education programs,’ the report said.‘However, facilities are considered ‘tired’ by many within the community.’
‘However, facilities are considered ‘tired’ by many within the community.’