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Pools to stay

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May 23, 2018

A draft strategy on Strathbogie Shire's four community pools, including the Euroa pool (pictured), has been released.

An extensive list of recommendations are in Strathbogie Shire Council’s draft community pools strategy.

The strategy, conducted by Otium Planning Group in conjunction with the council and its community pools working group following a detailed survey in 2016, outlines expenditure to maintain the shire’s four pools into the future.

‘‘Council has been undertaking an assessment of its pools in Avenel, Euroa, Nagambie and Violet Town over the last few years as internal assessments revealed the ageing infrastructure of the pools would require significant expenditure and upgrade,’’ a council spokesperson said.

According to the strategy, the projected combined capital and operational cost of keeping the four pools in operation in the next 10 years was expected to reach $6.5million.

Examining operating and capital expenditure, management, patronage and the condition of infrastructure, the report did not recommend any of the four pools close.

Group members met with Otium on April 18 and were presented with a report overview.

In the feedback, they said the report was very good and it was great to see all four pools compared in the same way, while still showing the differences.

Among the recommendations was improved management at each site, with an internal-external hybrid management model the preferred option.

The model would require council to directly employ a pools co-ordinator whose role would focus on program and community development at each pool.

The strategy also detailed plans for a new splash park at Nagambie Lakes.

It was flagged during consultation that the new Nagambie Lakes Public Parks Precinct Reference Group had discussed the potential for the development.

The report is on display until 5pm on Friday, June 22.

Copies are available on the Strathbogie Shire website at www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au or from service centres at 109A Binney St, Euroa, or 317 High St, Nagambie.

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