Bayswater Council adds Friends of Maylands Waterland members to working group

The 150th celebration of WA Swan logo in a pool at Maylands Waterland.
The 150th celebration of WA Swan logo in a pool at Maylands Waterland.

FRIENDS of Maylands Waterland will have two representatives in Bayswater Council’s project working group to progress with an alternate redevelopment option for the site.

Councillors supported Cr Catherine Ehrhardt’s amendment to include two group members and councillors Filomena Piffaretti and Lorna Clarke in the working group at last night’s council meeting.

Cr Ehrhardt, Cr Elli Petersen-Pik and City officers also form part of the group.

This decision followed the City’s unsuccessful funding application to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

Friends of Maylands Waterland chairman Josh Eveson presented a deputation to the council, requesting the inclusion of group representatives and the community in the working group.

Mr Eveson said the group wanted to see “swift action” for Waterland.

“The axe looming on this facility year-upon -year has gone on long enough,” he said.

“We believe the inclusion of representatives from our group will assist council in streamlining the options selection process and provide options that are mutually available to both the community and the council.

“We believe our group has shown the willingness to work promptly and apply creative thinking when needed – the approach we believe that is essential to ensure robust and sustainable business plan is delivered for an improved Waterland facility.”

Acting chief executive Des Abel said City officers met with a waterpark designer and discussed several options including a hybrid model where there were paid and free pools.