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Planning progresses for new Port Macquarie pool

Released on: 07 June 2018

Released on: 07 June 2018

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has progressed with plans to develop a new pool facility in Port Macquarie, appointing external firm Otium Planning Group to identify the longer-term aquatic needs of our community.

Council has taken this important step to ensure that any new pool facility meets the needs of our growing region for the next 50 years.

The external review will consider forecast population growth, our region’s changing demographics and site requirements including size, location, and accessibility.

Director Dan Croft said the community’s participation in the planning process has been invaluable.

“Major infrastructure projects like building a new pool must be driven by our community, where local residents can share their ideas and be involved right from the start,” Mr Croft said.

“This has definitely been the case so far, with many regular pool users letting Council know how they currently use the pool, and what they’d like to see included in the future.

“Following the external review, Council will continue to engage with the community to identify a suitable location for the facility, and develop a concept plan of what the new pool may look like,” said Mr Croft.

A recent community survey undertaken by Council indicated that lap swimming and general recreation were the most popular activities undertaken at the Port Macquarie Pool, with around 25% of people using the pool two-three times per week.

The current review by Otium Planning Group is scheduled to be completed by September 2018.

The development of a strategic concept plan for the Port Macquarie Pool, including the site selection process is a key action in Council’s Recreation Action Plan.

To stay up-to-date with Council’s progress on plans to develop a new pool in Port Macquarie, or to view the recent community survey results visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/port-macquarie-pool or call Council on 6581 8111.