The new facility will
introduce more water space facilities that will add to the indoor 25-metre eight
lane pool to meet Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) requirements for
competitions for Regional and State events.
The 25-metre pool will have an additional two lanes moving from 6 to 8
lanes. Additional facilities include a therapy pool with inclusive access
that is currently not available in the Northern part of the Shoalhaven, a
dedicated learn to swim pool which will remove congestion from the main pool, a
beach entry/play pool and a leisure water facility to accommodate the needs of
more users, similar to Bay and Basin Leisure Centre and Nowra Aquatic Park Pools.
Council plans to increase the overall water space rather than
reducing it, the proposed planning will accommodate a broader numbers of user
groups than at present and is an overall enhancement of aquatic facilities.
The Plan provides open space
and community facilities such as a community pavilion providing support
services that have the potential to provide aquatic, medical, physiotherapy,
rehabilitation health, wellness and fitness services. This is a long-term
Plan and is intended to meet the needs of a growing community now and into the
patronage statistics show that the Bomaderry Aquatic Centre Indoor 25-metre
pool is more popular than the outdoor 50-metre pool with less than 10% of
patrons utilising the outdoor 50-metre
The current 50-metre
pool is at the end of its serviceable life being 41 years old with maintenance
costs growing. Rather than simply replace an aging facility, Council believes
money is better spent providing additional water space in a different form.
The new Plans meet established planning and provision principles of:
- One local
aquatic facility per 10,000 – 40,000 people;
district aquatic facility per 40,000 – 70,000 people;
1 x 50m pool meets capacity to service needs of northern Shoalhaven now
and well into the future.
Public Pool planning and
provision principles demonstrate that from Council’s 12 aquatic facilities
across the Shoalhaven, there is adequate pool provision for a population of
210,000 to 570,000 residents, that is two to five times more than required.
The close 3km proximity of Nowra Aquatic Park and
Bomaderry Aquatic Centres would suggest that maintaining two (2) outdoor 50
metre heated pools so close together would be financially unsustainable with
the capital construction costs for an additional 50-metre pool being $7.3
million and ongoing operational costs of $240,000 per annum which would be
funded by the ratepayer.