Shoalhaven City Council is asking the community for feedback on the Northern Shoalhaven Swimming Pools services over the Winter season. The feedback forms part of Council’s Delivery and Operational Plan.
Council operates three Leisure Centres, two Aquatic Centres and 10 seasonal pools all providing excellent recreational facilities for residents and visitors. These services are managed as businesses to maximise revenues and keep net costs as low as possible for the ratepayer.
Each additional service, such as extending opening hours or additional facilities, increases the annual cost overall of running a centre, however, sectors in the community obviously benefit.
The recent major renewal and enhancement of the Nowra Aquatic Park was undertaken at a cost of $10 million. The Nowra 50m outdoor pool was originally “seasonal”, meaning it closed during winter. Since its renewal, Council has received growing demand to keep the new and improved Nowra 50m outdoor heated pool open all year. Should Council increase the service at Nowra Aquatic Park to “all year” and accept a further “net cost” of $159,000?
The Bomaderry Aquatic Centre is located 3.3km from the Nowra Aquatic Park. It offers a 50m outdoor heated pool that is nearing its end of life, as well as a 25m indoor heated pool which is open all year. Should the Bomaderry 50m outdoor heated pool either close permanently due to its age or close over winter offering a long term monetary saving to ratepayers? In each of these scenarios, the Bomaderry 25m indoor heated pool will continue to be open all year round.
Ratepayers throughout the Shoalhaven are encouraged to provide their feedback from the six options listed on the survey available on Council’s website. Find out more at