Denmark swimming pool talks back on agenda after council lifts 'gag'
The Shire of Denmark, in Western Australia's Great Southern, has reopened debate about building a local swimming pool.
Earlier this year, councillors rejected a proposal to build a hydrotherapy and learn-to-swim pool, and to push any further discussions back to 2021.
The decision followed a survey showing 60 per cent of ratepayers did not want the pool.
However, shire president David Morrell said it was now back on the table after the recent council elections.
"Designing a pool and the way it's going to be constructed that will perhaps depend to the way [the] community might be able to afford it when and if the funds come available," he said.
"I think it's important that people realise that we are not disrespecting those surveys, we are still at the moment not in a position to afford it."
The president of the Denmark Aquatic Centre Association, Cyril Edwards, said with the right planning, a swimming pool could one day be financially viable.
"Well I think the key point that was decided on by the council was that it was quite unreasonable for any council to gag discussion of the aquatic facility until 2021," he said.
"I think most people just thought it was an outrageous thing to do.
"The starting point is to see what sort of subsidies would the pool need and that's when building it properly, using modern technology etcetera can reduce those running costs and therefore reduce the gap between revenue and expenditure to a reasonable amount."