CITY of Bayswater officers will proceed towards the design and construction of Maylands Waterland in 2018 despite receiving no expressions of interest for the construction and operation of a kiosk.
Maylands Waterland opened in the mid to late 1970s and is located on the end of Maylands Peninsula.
The site has five pools of varying depths up to 60cm, a zero depth pad with a fountain, playground, barbecues, a kiosk and a pool pump and plant room.
At the December 6 committee meeting, councillors supported Cr Elli Petersen-Pik’s alternative motion 8-3 to progress with the design and construction of Waterland and authorise chief executive Andrew Brien to continue investigating operational models for the kiosk space.
The motion also requested for a private operator to run the cafe in an attractive location, authorise Mr Brien to seek expressions of interest and approve a food van operator next to Waterland unless a commercial kiosk operator was approved for that location.
A report on the commercial viability of the cafe would be brought back to council.
Cr Peterson-Pik said while it would have been ideal to find a tender to construct and operate a new cafe at the refurbished Waterland, council should not delay proceeding with the design of the new site.
Cr Peterson-Pik said the City had the flexibility to continue investigating operational models for any cafe, as there might be more interest when the City’s investment in the site became more known to people.
Mayor Dan Bull said in early 2017 the City undertook consultation with the community on the future of site.
“It became clear during the conversation with our community that many users loved what was there now,” he said.
“In June, we resolved to refurbish all of the pools and their supporting facilities.
“For 2017-18, council committed $200,000 for the design phase for the refurbishment and work is likely to get underway in the next financial year.”
Waterland will be open from 9am on the weekends during January and February, following a trial last summer that resulted about 16 per cent of users taking advantage of the new operating hours.