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Dubbo community to help shape plans for new indoor pool at Aquatic Leisure Centre

Dubbo community to help shape plans for new indoor pool at Aquatic Leisure Centre
August 17, 2018

Four options for a new indoor pool at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre are to be presented to the public as part of a draft master plan for the future of the facility.

With the draft Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre Master Plan 2017-2036 having been developed as a framework for future developments at the pool, members of the public will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the plan.

Dubbo Regional Council will also speak to the Dubbo RSL and swim school providers in the city.

In the master plan, Council’s senior strategic planner Lee Griffith has outlined four options for a possible indoor pool at the site.

Speaking to local newspaper The Daily Liberal, Griffith stated “the ideal location for a new indoor pool has been identified at the eastern side of the Aquatic Centre which is currently underutilised due to the location of the existing water slide.

“The facility would enable use all year round to meet the demand of the community, including lap swimming, learn-to-swim programs, aqua aerobics classes, water polo and synchronised swimming. Any new indoor pool would also include a disabled access ramp with rails for wheelchair access.”

Options being presented include:

• A new 25 metre indoor pool with spa – estimated cost between $10 and $12 million.
• A new 25 metre indoor pool with a warm water exercise pool – estimated cost between $11 and $13 million.
• Enclosing the existing 50 metre outdoor pool – estimated cost between $9 million and $11 million.
• Construction of a new 50 metre indoor pool – estimated cost between $13 and $15 million.

Dubbo Mayor Ben Shields has previously said the current closure of the indoor pool at the Dubbo RSL was an opportunity for council to look into its own indoor pool options, commenting “I am not in any way proposing to go into direct competition with the Dubbo RSL Club ... whatever we do do at our pool we should make it a point of difference to what the RSL has to offer.

“Whether they go down the road of being purely sporting and indoor lap swimming and we look at recreational, family fun options or whatever we should make sure we have collaboration with the RSL to make sure we’re not in direct competition with them.”

The draft master plans also includes suggestions such as expanding the car park to 128 spaces, re-locating the water slide and trialing a pop-up eatery within the centre.

Speaking of other options to develop the facility, Griffith added “in the short term the outdoor gym equipment currently adjacent to the kiosk could be relocated elsewhere in Victoria Park to enable an expansion of the kiosk area to include cafe-style and outdoor dining in Victoria Park, while also serving patrons.

“A trial of a pop-up eatery could be undertaken in this precinct to gauge whether a redevelopment of the kiosk into a more permanent cafe or restaurant could be successful in this area overlooking the children’s splash pad, leisure pool and Victoria Park.”

Although it has been well maintained, the demolition of the caretakers residence has also be proposed for 2018 or 2019.

Once the consultation period is completed, a new report on the plans for the pool will be presented to Council.

Image: The outdoor 50 metre pool at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre. Courtesy of Crystal Pools.

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