Evans Head pool powers ahead

Plans to build the long-awaited Evans Head Pool are powering ahead with a site chosen, a $2.8 million budget and completion date, giving Steve Drake good reason to rejoice.

Steve, the president of the pools fundraising committee, which has raised around $273,000 for the project so far, welcomed Richmond Valley Councils unanimous recommendation on Tuesday to move the project along.

The sooner we start the better, but Im happy Council has reached agreement to go ahead with it and well continue to work with them and raise more funds, he said.

The proposed 25-metre, eight-lane pool will be covered and heated and the complex will include a 10m learn-to-swim pool, childrens wade pool, leisure centre with novelty features such as fountains and water slides, barbecue facilities, canteen/swim shop, car parking, change rooms and toilets.

The plan identifies Stan Payne Oval as the preferred site for the complex, which is due to be completed by December 17 next year.

The plan proposes $1.7 million of the total cost be raised through a loan or from other Council revenue. But Council has decided to continue looking at options for the extra $1,743,000 and a report is now being prepared.

Council will also seek expressions of interest to operate it as a public/private partnership.

Its bigger than we planned for with Council including all the add-ons in their proposal, so were happy to go along with that, Steve said.

Steve said his committee would not rest on its laurels but was happy to continue raising funds till such a time when we walk through the gates of the pool.

We may even continue raising funds in the future for ongoing maintenance and upgrades, he said. We believe the pool will run itself as far as funding goes if it opens 12 months of the year.

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