The Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund Committee continues to be optimistic about the commencement of an aquatic facility on Phillip Island sooner rather than later – before the next council elections in just over three years.
No doubt readers will have seen the diagram of the proposed elements of the aquatic centre in a recent edition of The Advertiser. This showed a 25 metre lap pool (6 – 8 lanes), a learn to swim pool, a warm water exercise pool (also suitable for hydrotherapy) and a toddler play pool.
Our committee is also thinking big when it comes to future-proofing the centre, to cater for increasing demand over time. We would like to see the leisure centre co-located with the aquatic centre, to keep costs down and allow families access to more facilities at the one time.
Another option that could be considered is an ice-skating rink next door to the pool. The advantage of this is that using modern heat-pump technology, it is possible to take the heat from water to make ice for the skating rink, and transfer that heat into the pools.
We also believe that the lap pool could be actually 27 metres, including a 2-metre pontoon at the end, with the possibility of extending this in the future to a 52-metre pool, with a 2-metre pontoon that can be at one end or in the middle, allowing flexible use.
Our committee has been meeting with council and other interested parties – the schools, swimming club, YMCA and health and medical organisations, through the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Working Group, to resolve issues of location, design elements etc., and these meetings have been very fruitful so far with a high level of co-operation and common purpose.
Obviously, financing the construction, running and maintenance of facilities such as those listed is a major hurdle. However, the community health and well-being benefits will far out-weigh the costs. Think of our ageing community, our school swimming programs, our pre-schoolers and their need to learn to swim to safely swim and surf our magnificent beaches.
We encourage community members to again get enthusiastic about the project. Come along to our AGM on Tuesday August 29. Your presence you will show your support. Better still, put your hand up to join our committee. You can also donate through our tax-deductible fund with the Australian Sports Foundation. For more information, contact our Secretary Peter McMahon on 0418533256 or read recent updates on this site.
Don Turner President PIACF Inc.