Kimba council investigates pool options

The Kimba District Council is investigating three options for the future of the town pool including replacing it.

The council is in discussions with the education department about the future of the pool, which is located at the Kimba Area School and used by the wider community.

The pool did not open last year due to its condition but there is hope it may open this year.

The department owns the pool but the council owns the surrounding buildings.

The council recently received a report from department outlining the outcome of an engineering investigation.

Mayor Dean Johnson said the report identified three options.

“We could fix what we have at the moment, which is what the department has said they will solely fund,” Mr Johnson said.

“They also investigated getting a new pool, which is the same as what we already have.

“The last option is to build a completely new pool but this would take a significant funding.”

Feedback on a recent Eyre Peninsula Tribune article ‘$2m is a welcome boost’ suggested funding from phase two of the nuclear facility consultation process should go toward a new pool.

Mr Johnson said this could be an option.

“We could try and get a grant from the Community Benefit Fund we received as part of phase two,” Mr Johnson said.

“However, this project would most likely cost around $1 million, taking a significant portion of that funding.

“The council will be investigating every option.”