Update. The household survey to determine the future of a pool in Circular Head has been postponed to allow for an assessment of the current facility.
Circular Head general manager Tony Smart said following discussions with key stakeholders, the council will be undertaking further work before distributing the survey.
“Following meetings with the Swimming Pool Reference Group and the Circular Head Recreation Advisory Committee, it has become clear to council that the majority of people in the Circular Head community want a pool,” Mr Smart said.
For this reason, he said, the council has agreed to reconsider the survey intended to be sent out this month.
The initial survey was to include an option to close the existing facility – an option that will now not be included.
Mr Smart said both groups also felt it would be better for the council to undertake a further study on the condition of the in-ground infrastructure of the pool before commencing the survey.
“Council was looking to ask the community whether to refurbish the existing facility or rebuild a pool in the survey, however, following our discussions we will now look for a suitable provider to give us an up-to-date assessment of the life expectancy of the pool itself,” he said.
“The survey will be put on hold until these matters are finalised to ensure council has all the information we need to make an informed decision about the future of a pool in our community.”
Mr Smart thanked not only members of the reference and advisory groups, but also the wider community for their patience and understanding.
“It is essential that we get this process right as the future provision of a pool in Circular Head is one that will last for many generations to come,” he said.
Once quotes are obtained to investigate the condition of the in-ground infrastructure of the pool, councillors will consider these proposals and whether to allocate funds.