City welcomes pool proposal

Jack Lawrence, Candice Briggs, Ivana Pianta, Dylan and Connor Lawrence with West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti. |Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396235
Jack Lawrence, Candice Briggs, Ivana Pianta, Dylan and Connor Lawrence with West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti. |Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396235

The City’s current plans for a recreation hub do not include a pool but West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said she hoped the council would change its plans if a McGowan government was elected next month.

‘The new North Ellenbrook High School is adjacent to the new District Open Space (DOS), so there could be capacity to use some of that land to build the new public swimming pool,’ she said.

‘It’s a matter for the City of Swan to identify the space and working to develop the plans. Having a public swimming pool is something Ellenbrook residents deserve.’

City CEO Mike Foley said through its public consultations, the Ellenbrook community had shown strong interest in having a pool.

He said the City had previously looked into providing a pool in the area.

‘The City is currently planning for an indoor sports centre, known as the North East Sports and Exhibition Centre, as well as planning for a regional aquatic centre to be located in Whiteman,’ he said.

‘If funding from a new government was forthcoming, the City would again look at its plans for the DOS.’

WA Premier Colin Barnett said if the Liberal Government was re-elected, it would contribute $7 million to the development of the Ellenbrook Recreation Centre and ensure a 50-metre pool was included in the complex.

Mr Barnett said $5 million would go towards the Sports and Recreation Centre, with a basketball court, performance space, gymnasium and meeting rooms, and $2 million would go directly towards a 50m pool and a smaller recreational pool for children and young families.

Liberal candidate for West Swan Natasha Cheung said as a local resident and mother she knew the need for a public swimming pool in the area.

‘As the City of Swan councillor for Ellenbrook for the past eight-and-a-half years, this has been a project I have been working towards for a long time,’ she said.

‘It was one of the first projects I highlighted to the Premier upon my endorsement. I have been working with the City of Swan on the specifics and costings of the project.’

The City of Swan expects the total cost of the DOS to reach $28 million.