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Continued uncertainty for Seymour pool

Mitchell Shire Council voted on Monday night to delay a decision on adopting the Aquatic Strategy, leaving the future of the region's pools cloudy.

JENNA BISHOP December 18, 2013 4:50am

The future of the Seymour pools are cloudy after Mitchell Shire Council decided to pospone a decision on the Aquatic strategy


Mitchell Shire Council has voted to delay a decision on whether to adopt its controversial aquatic policy at the ordinary council meeting on Monday night.

The council was recommended to adopt the Mitchell Aquatic Strategy, which identified aquatic priorities as optimising performance, addressing over or under provision of services, rectifying design deficiencies and outlining a direction for the provision of a major new aquatic facility in the shire’s southern end.

The strategy identified the need to replace and repair or maintain equipment and facilities at the Seymour Indoor and Seymour pools, Broadford and Kilmore pools and clarify the future of the Tallarook pool.

The plan also contained the recommendation to relocate the Seymour War Memorial Pool to the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, plus committing to providing a new 50m pool at Chittick Park.

However, several councillors voted to delay a decision on adopting the proposal in its current form, citing concerns from the community about a lack of consultation.

The council will now seek further community consultation and input into the direction of the Aquatic Strategy, especially concerning the future of Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool.

Cr Bill Melbourne said delaying a decision would allow council to undertake further discussion to reach a conclusion the community was happy with.

‘‘What I would like to see is more consultation of people in the municipality as well as in the wider community,’’ he said.

‘‘To defer in the interest of the community would be far better than passing something tonight that the community isn’t happy with.’’

Cr Sue Marstaeller said the community was happy with about 98 per cent of the strategy, it was just the section concerning moving the Seymour outdoor pool to Chittick Park which was causing concern.

Cr Ross Lee said further consultation would be the perfect opportunity for more feedback on the strategy to come to the council.

Council sought submissions on the draft strategy in August-October and received 61 submissions, including 40 submissions concerning the future of the Tallarook Pool, highlighting the pool’s community significance.

Twenty submissions concerned the Seymour outdoor pool, indicating that its current location was preferred and citing its importance to the community were also received.

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