Community asked to have say on pool options

08 February 2016

Council has received a list of seven options for aquatics facilities in Albury and voted to ask the community what it believes is the best option for the future. 

Those options, presented by consultants SGL, included keeping the existing Albury and Lavington Swim Centres and/or developing an indoor regional aquatic leisure centre at either the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre or the Lavington Swim Centre.

Each option has been developed based on detailed business and financial modelling, including capital investment and ongoing operational costs over a 10-year period. The costs range from $20M to retain the existing swim facilities to $36M for a regional aquatic leisure centre with a 51.5M indoor pool.

Consultants SGL undertook extensive community consultation as well as site and development assessments to determine the seven options which are:

1. Retain the Albury and Lavington Swim Centres

2a. Develop a Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and retain Albury and Lavington Swim Centres (this option includes a 51.5M indoor pool)

2b. Develop an Aquatic Leisure Centre at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and retain Albury and Lavington Swim Centres (this option includes a 25M indoor pool)

3a. Develop a Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre at the Lavington Swim Centre and retain Albury Swim Centre (this option includes a 51.5M indoor pool)

3b. Develop an Aquatic Leisure Centre at the Lavington Swim Centre and retain Albury Swim Centre (this option includes a 25M indoor pool)

4. Develop a Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and retain Albury Swim Centre (this option includes a 51.5M indoor pool and the closure of the Lavington Swim Centre)

5. Develop a Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre (this option includes a 51.5M indoor pool and the closure of the Albury and Lavington Swim Centres)

Council will ask residents to review each option and nominate their preference, before it makes a final decision.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said that with such an important draft strategy before council, it was crucial that all community views be taken into consideration.

"This decision is about the future of our city. I implore people when considering all the options to think about what a growing city is going to need in 20 to 40 years' time. This is about future generations and, if we need to, ensuring that we leave a positive legacy that promotes Albury's liveability."

Cr van de Ven says in developing the options, consideration was given to return on investment from a social, economic and financial perspective including long-term visitation, operating costs, and the potential to secure external funding for any new development.

Residents will have until Tuesday 22 March, 2016 to put forward their preferred option and provide Council with any additional feedback.

Have your say now.