Council to consider motion to rescind pool poll

28 June 2016

AlburyCity will hold an Extraordinary Meeting of Council on Monday (4 July) at 6pm following a motion to rescind its decision last night to poll voters at the upcoming Council election on whether they support building an indoor aquatic facility at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

Council had resolved to ask voters in the 10 September Council election whether they supported a new indoor regional aquatic centre being built at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

This afternoon General Manager Frank Zaknich received a rescission motion from three Councillors – Cr Alice Glachan, Cr Daryl Betteridge and Cr Graham Docksey.

Mayor Henk van de Ven has subsequently called an Extraordinary Meeting of Council on Monday (4 July) at 6pm at Council's Kiewa Street offices to deal with that rescission motion.

Councillors on Monday night voted to supply the following background information to voters at the 10 September election and ask a yes or no answer question:

Council has resolved to further develop design, feasibility and costing around two possible swimming pool options (inclusive of 1m and 3m springboard diving facilities) for the draft AlburyCity Aquatics Strategy.

  1. Retain and redevelop the existing Council swimming pool facilities at Albury and Lavington.
    OR
  2. Retain and redevelop the swimming pool facilities at Albury only and develop a new indoor regional aquatic centre located adjoining the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre site.

Question: "Are you in favour of Albury City Council spending up to $50M to build a new FINA (International Swimming Federation) standard Aquatic centre and closing the Lavington swimming pool facility?"

Earlier this year AlburyCity asked the community to indicate its preferred option from a list of seven options for aquatic facilities for Albury's future.

About 50 per cent of submissions were in support of a regional aquatic facility with a 51.5metre indoor pool at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. There was little support for the two options proposing a 25metre indoor pool, or closing both the existing facilities in favour of one regional facility.

The two recommended options before Council are the retention and redevelopment of the existing Albury and Lavington swim centres and no new indoor facility, or a new regional indoor aquatic facility at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and retain the Albury Swim Centre.