A Rescission Motion on the Shoalhaven Community and Recreation Precinct Status Report and Funding Requests will yet again be a topic of debate at the next Shoalhaven City Council Ordinary Meeting.
The rescission motion by Councillors Pakes, Guile and Proudfoot, puts further progression of works at Bomaderry “on-hold” as well as the detailed design “on-hold”. It also delays the opportunity to seek large amounts of investment grant funding currently on offer.
“Attracting large grants to assist in funding this project is vital and funding rounds do have deadlines that Council is trying to meet to assist in funding the whole Precinct,” said Mayor Amanda Findley.
“A redesign of the masterplan to incorporate a 50-metre pool instead of 25-metre pool may impact funding and budget forecasts, meaning that some of the other enhancements and new facilities such as a crucial rehabilitation asset of a hydrotherapy pool will be lost.”
Less than 10% of users of the Bomaderry pool facility use the current aging 50-metre pool. The change to a 50-metre pool will cost the ratepayer and additional $7.3 million in building the pool and annually, $240,000.
The precinct is designed to operate as a community ‘Hub’ that meets today’s local and regional community needs and growing demands. It will provide quality facilities in one location through an effective and sustainable operating platform.
Sports facilities have been designed to attract elite level sports and activities, and specific community services which integrates with sporting groups to deliver health, fitness, education, rehabilitation and wellbeing services, and offer a safe community meeting space complete with hospitality services.
Clr Findley continued, “Any changes to the facility mix could jeopardise the financial viability, the positive social benefits and overall concept.”