Friends of Maylands Waterland forms petition to save the facility

Maylands Waterland.
Maylands Waterland.

FRIENDS of Maylands Waterland and the Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association have gathered almost 1500 signatures in a petition requesting Bayswater Council to postpone its decision on the Waterland.

The two community groups started the petition on November 25.

In July, Bayswater Council voted to amend 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.

The waterland is currently open seven days from 10am to 5pm.

In the petition, the groups call on the council to reverse its decision to demolish Maylands Waterland at the end of this summer season and postpone any closure of the facility until after the next State Government election.

“This will give the community the chance to secure the external funding needed to refurbish the pools, in line with the outcome of the City’s lengthy community consultation process,” the petition stated.

“Maylands Waterland is a unique facility in the metropolitan area as it provides a safe environment for babies and young children up to the age of 10 years old to be gradually introduced to water.

“We are not asking the council to contribute the full funds needed for the project.

“We are only requesting that the Waterland be allowed to operate for two more seasons (2019-20 and 2020-21) and that the community be given the opportunity to seek money for its refurbishment.

“This is the least that the Council can do for its residents, having assured them in the last couple of years that it would keep the pools, and only changing its mind as recently as July.”

Bayswater councillor Elli Petersen-Pik stated in a Facebook post that it could be the community’s last chance to have a say before the City developed alternative proposals for the site.

“As a last-ditch attempt to Save Maylands Waterland, the Friends of Maylands Waterland, together with the Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association, are running a petition to get the Bayswater Council to postpone the demolition of the facility until the next State Government election to give the community a chance to secure the needed funding,” he said.

“The Waterland is now open for this season, and as decisions currently stand, this might be the facility’s last season.

“Attendance figures are always a crucial factor in determining if there is adequate justification to invest money in facilities, so bring along your families and friends.”

See the petition here.