Bayswater Mayor confirms Maylands Waterland will close if grant application fails

Maylands Waterland.
Maylands Waterland.

BAYSWATER Mayor Dan Bull says the Maylands Waterland will close at the end of this season, if the City loses a funding bid.

The City has applied for funding to refurbish the Waterland via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

The outcome will not be known until February 2019.

This announcement comes after the Friends of Maylands Waterland and the Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association started a petition requesting the council to postpone its decision until after the State Government election.

The petition has gained more than 1600 signatures.

Friends group chairman Josh Eveson will make a deputation at the December 11 council meeting.

Cr Bull said he was disappointed to reveal that, despite the City exploring all funding options, it was unable to secure funding for the refurbishment.

“Council officers have met with Senator Dean Smith, a senior advisor to Senator Bridget McKenzie, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, Donna Faragher MLC along with representatives from Lotterywest and the Department of Sport and Cultural Industries in an effort to secure funding,” he said.

“Financial support for the refurbishment of Maylands Waterland has also been sought from the private sector, philanthropists and water park operators, without success.

“The reluctance of government departments to fund the upgrade of the facility has centred around concerns it is a seasonal facility and users must pay to enter.”

Cr Bull said the City had not given hope yet but if the Department grant was unsuccessful, the Waterland would close at the end of this season.

“Waiting a number of years to redevelop the facility is not an option,” he said.

“In its current state there is a risk the facility will simply fail – this will lead to its immediate closure or significantly increased operational costs just to keep it open.

“We took a serious look at the financial viability of the project in the context of the 2018-19 budget.

“The truth is we simply can’t afford it.”