Councillor and Community Action Alliance candidate Liz Innes will move to sell the Batemans Bay Beach Resort to help fund an all-year-round heated pool for Batemans Bay.
“The people of Batemans Bay have waited way too long for a modern heated pool,” she said on Facebook. “A year-round swimming facility will allow many groups to continue their favourite sport in winter.
“Swim clubs, school learn to swim programs and hydrotherapy classes will all be accommodated.”
“Council’s past response to those community groups raising funds for an upgraded pool has been unsympathetic.
“Consultants’ cost estimates have been too high because their proposals have been over the top. We can’t afford a comprehensive leisure centre but, with some rearrangement of assets, I believe we can afford a new heated pool.”
“Funds could come from the sale of the Batemans Bay Beach Resort. I believe that the council no longer needs to own this four star caravan park. Its upgrading is now completed.
However, she does not say that the sale would pay for the pool on its own.
“I have never said that stated this would pay for the site in full,” she said.
“We do not know yet the costing of a new pool or aquatic centre.
“The reason it is a must is that firstly it has cost the shire’s ratepayers millions. Secondly, the council should not be in direct competition with its ratepayers in business.
“Our local state member, Andrew Constance, has pointed out that a surge in state funding of Eurobodalla infrastructure in recent years has taken considerable financial pressure off council.
“He has challenged candidates to commit to an investment in an aquatic centre. I’m happy to respond to this challenge and, should I be elected mayor, I will ask the General Manager for an immediate report on the matter to allow me to seek my fellow councillors’ support.”
“We will make this happen.”