Nuclear money could go to pool

TWO Kimba residents would like to see Kimba’s pool facilities upgraded so it can be fully utilised by the community.

While the Kimba District Council has come to an agreement with the Department of Education and Child Development to repair the pool in time to open for summer, the council has asked the community for suggestions regarding a future upgrade.

The council received two letters suggesting that the $2 million community fund – made available to Kimba for progressing to phase two of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility consultation – should be spent on new pool facilities.

Barb Schmidt said in her letter the issues facing the pool now were the same as 20 years ago.

“The main issues way back then were the size, the temperature of the water and the lack of qualified volunteers to run and supervise the complex,” she said.

“I haven’t been involved for many years but I know these issues are still present and doubt that anything has changed except that the pool is no longer in use.”

Mrs Schmidt said the council needed to “seriously consider” building a half Olympic-size, heated and enclosed pool which could be used all year around.

She said then weekly lessons, Kimba Swimming Club training, community aqua aerobics and hydrotherapy could utilise the facility.

“The complex would have to be run as a money making business with paid staff, and could include a canteen/coffee shop, and ideally a gymnasium,” she said.

She suggested that the operating costs could be covered by memberships and charges and the community fund could fund wages of possibly four full-time jobs.

Janet Tiller echoed Mrs Schmidt’s suggestion and said in her letter the pool and its surrounds could be totally renewed.

She said the new complex should include a heat pool, new change rooms, a hydro pool, paddle pool and kiosk, so that residents and visitors could use it all year round.

“Not everybody can get to the beach for holidays during the hotter days of the year and I think being so isolated, it’s paramount that we have a good functioning pool,” she said.

The $2 million community fund for proceeding to the second round of consultation will be made available once the Kimba Consultative Committee has been appointed.

Nominations for the committee have been extended until 4.30pm on Friday, October 20.