Pool petition tabled at Wanneroo Council meeting

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THE City of Wanneroo expects to finish a feasibility study for a public pool in the north coast area in May.

Mayor Tracey Roberts presented a 4213-signature petition supporting a pool at the March council meeting, which had been circulated by Butler MLA John Quigley.

Last May, the City also received a 1600-signature petition supporting a pool from local schools.

Mrs Roberts said that the City was committed to delivering a swimming pool in the northern suburbs.

“The City is currently undertaking a facility needs and feasibility study, which will help determine the facility type in a location that will meet the needs of our fast and large growing community,” she said.

The council considered a progress report at the March meeting, which identified six major aquatic needs in the rapidly growing north coast area, including lap swimming, swim coaching or squads, learn to swim lessons, recreational aquatic play, aquatic fitness programs and rehabilitation programs.

Mrs Roberts said the report showed the City only had one 25m pool in its 284sq km – Aquamotion in Wanneroo, where pools have been closed for repairs since September.

The mayor said it also showed that 41 per cent of the City’s 212,000 residents were born overseas and Wanneroo has about a quarter of WA’s youth population.

She said long distances to pool facilities meant children from families who could not access them could not swim, and when schools took students to swimming lessons, children were missing up to two weeks of school a year.

Mrs Roberts said the original timeframe to build a pool was “a quarter of a century away” in 2042-46 – in February last year, she moved a motion to bring forward that timeframe.

Councillor Nat Sangalli said there had been a lot of “chatter” about where the pool would be, with potential options in Yanchep or Alkimos.

Cr Samantha Fenn said the report noted the City would look at improving or providing facilities in other areas too, including east Wanneroo.

Cr Paul Miles said a pool could be used by people for sport, laps, health and well-being as well.

“We have more people attending our Aquamotion than we do our library services,” he said.

“It would be very nice if we got $40-50 million out of our political parties in Canberra.”

Cr Lewis Flood, who advocated for an ocean pool in 2012 before being elected to the council in 2017, said it had been “a long time coming”.

At the council briefing, the City’s community and place director Debbie Terelinck said the short-term solution would be to provide a 25m pool and the City would be looking for State or Federal funding.