A feasibility study to help determine the future of the Beechworth pool is underway with Indigo Shire appointing consultants @Leisure Planners to work with the community on three options.
The need for a feasibility study was identified as a high priority in the Indigo Shire Swimming Pools Development Plan 2020, adopted by Council last year.
In 2007 during pool commissioning, the Beechworth Pool shell cracked resulting in the pool’s closure for the 2007/2008 season. A pool liner was installed as part of rectification works in 2008 and the pool has successfully operated for all subsequent seasons. Assessments conducted in 2018 and 2019 identified that the pool liner has a life expectancy of four to five years.
The study will focus on three options for the Beechworth Pool including community engagement, concept designs and financial modelling for the following:
- Replacement of pool structures at existing site.
- New outdoor facility at existing or alternative site.
- New indoor pool facility at existing or alternative site.
Swimming pools are an important community asset that provide numerous health and well-being benefits for participants. However, they are expensive to build and require significant ongoing funding for Council to maintain and operate. This study will provide guidance to Council on the capital cost of any potential redevelopment and the likely ongoing operational cost of the preferred components.
We’re asking community members for input to help us better understand current and future use of the Beechworth Pool and what components could be included in a redevelopment given the limited funds available to Council to build and operate the facility. We’re also interested in community views on whether the current site or a new site should be considered for aquatics in Beechworth.
Part of the community engagement program is a short survey which should only take around 10 minutes to complete.
Please answer every question.
The closing date of this survey is January 27, 2021.