The Committee is now pursuing alternative ways of funding the project, rather than relying solely on grants from the three layers of government.
We have expressed interest in the land recently secured by Bass Coast Shire Council at the corner of Ventnor Rd. and Phillip Island Tourist Rd. Other sites may be considered if they present themselves as viable options.
We have been active in identifying state-of-the-art technologies for the construction and operation of the project. For example, committee member, Colin Grey, has been working with experts from Melbourne University and the state government with respect to geo-thermal power to heat the water for the pool.
“Geo-thermal is not only clean, it has the capacity to reduce heating costs by up to 50%, compared with LPG” said Colin.
A Working Party, consisting of Bass Coast Shire Councillors, Council staff and PIAC committee members, has been meeting on a regular basis since September last year. Discussions have been positive, and will continue into the future, with a view to making some recommendations to Council.
Meanwhile, it is important that community members continue to show their support by maintaining their membership, or joining/rejoining the Fund.
“This is a numbers game: the Feasibility Study PIAC commissioned demonstrated the facility will be well utilised, but the community must continue to support the pool by staying passionate about the cause”, said Don Turner, Acting PIAC President. He can be contacted on 0409 856 053.
PIAC membership applications can be found at:
· On this website
· Gippsland Physiotherapy Group, 1/15 Warley Ave Cowes;
· Coastal View Financial Services, 6/156 Thompson Ave, Cowes;
· Turn The Page Bookshop, 40a Thompson Ave, Cowes