A splashing good time

IS this what the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Pool could look like?

Thanks to the $300 million funding for Local Government announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this week, the Coffs Harbour City Council is looking at the possibility of a major revamp of the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Pool.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said yesterday while the project of upgrading the pool was very much in its infancy stage, it was a serious possibility.

“Personally, I'd like to see it as a place of excellence where our kiddies and community are bubbling with enthusiasm to go to,” Cr Rhoades said.

“We'd like to get various new things as well as fix what we've already got and make it a sought-after place. It's popular now, it just needs some TLC. As far as I'm concerned, it's all on the table. The sooner we get it started, the better.”

Coffs Coast swimming pool upgrade experts Swimplex Aquatics have just completed a world-class water park at Kalgoorlie - complete with surfing ride, lazy river, waterslide and splashdown pool - and have big ideas on how to modernise the pool.

“We've upgraded pools all over Australia, Cobar, Forbes, and recently Sydney. There's one distinct trend, and that's variety,” director Geoff Leaver said.

“You want the pool to be a place the whole family can meet, a place of social interaction. Our first priority would be upgrade the old Olympic pool and provide a kiddies play area, just like a water park.

“There's also a burning need in Coffs Harbour for a heated indoor 25-metre lap pool. Once winter comes, training basically has to stop. I know there is one in Park Beach Road, but there are never enough venues.

“The pool needs to become relevant to modern community needs.”

What do you think?

Is the pool project a good idea for the entire community to benefit, or do other projects take priority? Email your thoughts to editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au or make a comment below.

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