Evans Head pool makes a splash

The long-awaited Evans Head aquatic centre moved a step closer to reality last week when Richmond Valley Council gave the green light to the $3.9 million project.

Even though a starting date for construction of the facility, at the Stan Payne Oval recreation area, is yet to be set, the Evans Head communitys pool fundraising committee, which has raised more than $300,000 toward the project so far, couldnt be happier.

Committee president Steve Drake said the project had been in the pipeline for around 15 years and locals could not wait to see construction begin.

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

It will be built in one stage and Council will also seek expressions of interest to operate it as a public/private partnership.

As well as the community funds, Council will use a mix of a loan, federal and state grants, developer contributions and in-kind community labour for the project.

Mr Drake said his committee would continue to raise funds for future maintenance and upgrades.

It will be good to see them start on it weve changed our tune on this to fit in with Council because a 25-metre covered pool can operate all year round and will offset costs of a 50-metre outdoor pool (which the community originally wanted) that could only be open half the year, he said.


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