BAYSWATER Mayor Dan Bull says the Maylands Waterland will open in November for the summer season, regardless of whether external funding of $3.2 million can be obtained by October.
At the July 3 special council meeting, Cr Bull amended the 2018-19 budget to give the City four months to seek funds from the State and Federal governments and the private sector to refurbish the 1970s site.
The budget had proposed to allocate $1.5 million in public open space funds to redevelop the site.
This comes after the council agreed to spend $3.2 million to redevelop the site in June 2017.
However, Cr Bull said it became apparent that the City could not afford the planned refurbishments and it would have meant increasing rates by about 7 per cent.
“Maylands Waterland was originally funded by the Federal government back in the 1970s so it is not out of the question that they would fund the refurbishment,” he said.
“I have put a four-month time limit on our efforts to seek funding as I don’t think it would be fair to the community to draw out this issue any longer.
“As part of the City’s Advocacy Strategy the CEO and I will be preparing a funding proposal to take to both Federal and State governments, and the private sector.
“In October we will report back to Council on the funding approaches we have made.”
Cr Bull said the proposed “destinational playground” with potential water-based play elements was raised as part of confidential budget discussions which began in October last year.
“Currently Maylands Waterland is open for only five months of the year, it is a user pays facility and runs at a loss of around $200,000 a year,” he said.