This is terrific news for the Phillip Island Aquatic Fund Inc, which has been trying to obtain a commitment from Council, in one form or another, since 1992.
While this doesn’t give us a pool now, it does allow the Fund the ability to work with Council to agree on a location and develop a staged building approach by June 2015.
While we were hoping for a better outcome, at least it has been recognised at last we will ultimately get what was asked for a long time ago.
Council’s commitment comes with several steps we will need to commit to, the first being agreeing to a location.
The next will be to agree to the first stage of development. While the Phillip Island Aquatic Fund has developed several designs over its life span, we will now be working with Council on a closer basis to bring about this stage.
Council have also outlined that the Phillip Island community will need to raise 50% of the funds for the first stage of the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre (and for each subsequent stage) for it to proceed. Once we have tied down exactly where the Centre will be, and what it will cost, the Fund will advise the Phillip Island community further.
Council also notes that at the June meeting, the consultant’s report on CA 79 master plan will be released for discussion, at which that time, it may help in confirming the location of the pool.
While Council made a range of estimates for the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre design, they did not invite any input from The Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund and to this end we are not happy.
Our group has had and has many committed and competent people within it and we believe we could have helped with a better outcome. All we can say is at least we now have a commitment from Council to a Centre in the future.
On the same night, Council also committed to redeveloping the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre to a total estimated cost of $14,453,000 on a staged basis. The first stage is estimated to cost $10,669,000. Council has also outlined that they have no funding for any Aquatic development at this stage. They will have to budget for the update to the Bass Aquatic Centre in Wonthaggi, as part of the 2015/2016 budget.
Interestingly, Council has not suggested that the community will need to directly raise funds for the Wonthaggi Centre, as it will be funded from Council’s general revenue funds.
Peter McMahon, Secretary PIACF Inc
If you have any queries or ways to assist in fundraising or committee work please contact:
The Secretary Post: P.O. Box 808 Cowes VIC 3922