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The City of Swan says if a new bigger facility was built in the future in the Whiteman Park area then the Ballajura Aquatic Centre may close. Picture: CITY OF SWAN

Swan says Ballajura centre not closing

THE City of Swan has moved to reassure residents the Ballajura Aquatic Centre is not going to be shut down.

The city released a statement after Whiteman ward candidate Bryce Parry said if elected to the council stopping the closure of the Ballajura Aquatic Centre would be his number one priority.

Mr Parry said he got his information about the closure of the aquatic centre from the October 14, 2015 council minutes.

But Mayor Mick Wainwright said the City of Swan Council had not voted to shut down the aquatic centre and the information being circulated had misconstrued the facts.

“In 2015, the council adopted a city-wide aquatic facilities strategy to ensure the city’s aquatic centres could continue to cater for the city’s growing population and their needs,” he said.

“That strategy contained a number of future options for the city’s aquatic centres, including one that stated if a new larger facility was built in the future – in that area – then the Ballajura centre may close at that point.

“However, this is a long-term position and it does not mean the centre is being or will be closed.”

Cr Wainwright said the Ballajura Aquatic Centre had been earmarked for a major upgrade in 2018-19, similar to that of the recent upgrade at Altone Park Leisure Centre.

“I hope this knowledge helps to put concerned residents and users and members at ease.”

The October 14, 2015 minutes show the council voted for the aquatic facilities strategy, which a council report said had identified 12 strategies.

The minutes said the key outcomes of the strategy included the provision of an aquatic facility in Ellenbrook Place and at the Regional Open Space in Whiteman Park, the refurbishment of Swan Park Leisure Centre, some additions to the Ballajura and Altone Park leisure centres (in the short term), leading to the decommissioning of the Ballajura Aquatic Centre and the aquatic components at the Altone Park Leisure Centre once the Regional Open Space facility is operational.

One of the recommendations in the strategy was that an aquatic facility be developed at the proposed Regional Open Space in Whiteman Park incorporating an indoor 25m pool, learn to swim pool, destinational leisure water, dedicated warm water pool, health and wellness area, associated program spaces, crèche, café and associated amenities.

Another was that a detailed feasibility study be undertaken for the future sport provision of an outdoor 50m pool, dive-water polo pool and recovery pool as part of a potential stage two development at Whiteman Park.

Another recommendation was that subject to the Whiteman Park stage one recommendation that the aquatic facility components at Ballajura and Altone Park leisure centres be decommissioned at the time of the Whiteman Park development.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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