Indoor heated pool study out for comment

Community and stakeholder groups are being invited to provide comment on the recently completed needs assessment and feasibility study for an indoor heated swimming pool in Collie.

The study has identified a number of options, with varying costs and catering for different community needs.
Before making any decision, Council needs to understand which of the options caters for the greatest need, and how much capacity and appetite the community has to bear the ongoing costs of the project.

The needs assessment and feasibility study for an indoor heated swimming pool in Collie has now been completed and the community and stakeholder groups are invited to provide their response.

Based on the community and stakeholder consultations that were undertaken, the study has identified a number of options and each has an associated cost and caters for different community needs.

The options being considered are:

  1. 25m six-lane indoor pool
  2. Indoor, warm water program pool
  3. 25m three-lane indoor pool and program pool
  4. Do nothing – retain the existing outdoor pools as it currently operates

Within the report, the key features and costs of each of the four options proposed are outlined, and the benefits and constraints identified.

Before making any decision, it is important for Council to understand which of the options caters for the greatest need, and how much capacity and appetite the community has to bear the ongoing costs of the project.

The estimated capital cost and the likely impact on rates for ongoing operational costs for an indoor heated swimming pool are:

  1. 25m 6 lane pool: Capital cost $4.8m; annual operating subsidy of $332,000, with an estimated impact on rates = 5.4% increase per annum or $68 per property.
  2. Indoor warm water pool: Capital cost $2.2m; annual operating subsidy of $154,000, with an estimated impact on rates = 2.5% increase per annum or $31 per property.
  3. 25m indoor 3 lane pool + program pool: Capital cost $3.9m; annual operating subsidy of $268,000, with an estimated impact on rates = 4.4% increase or $55 per property.
  4. Do nothing: Continue to maintain and operate the pool at an estimated annual subsidy of $580,000.

Costs calculated assume the Shire borrows the shortfall in capital and therefore includes interest rates and depreciation. Costs would be reduced if the Shire is successful in obtaining grant funding to cover the shortfall in capital.  The costs do not include the cost of construction of clubrooms for the Collie Swimming Club or the re-location of the Collie Community Radio’s operations.

The estimated impact on rates is over and above the annual increase required to keep up with inflation.

The study is open to comments from residents and stakeholders until 15 February 2019.

Visit the Shire’s website to view the study, or obtain a hard copy from the Collie Public Library.

Comment made be provided by completing a short poll, emailing colshire@collie.wa.gov.au or submitting to the Shire’s administration office on Throssell Street.

For more information, contact the Shire of Collie on 9734 9000.