May 29, 2018
Rumours that Council plans to close Wondai Swimming Pool have disappointed South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell.
On Tuesday, the Mayor said Facebook posts about the future of the pool had led to a lot of unnecessary upset in the town.
“We have never announced any intention to close Wondai Pool or any other pool,” the Mayor said.
“What our new Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan proposes is we start collecting data on pool usage, pool running costs and likely future maintenance costs.
“We don’t have a lot of this information at the moment, and Council needs it to sensibly manage our pools in the future.”
The Mayor said this aim was clearly stated in the Draft Plan, which is attempting to come up with a long-term system to manage the region’s public sporting and recreation assets.
A public consultation meeting held at Wondai’s Coronation Park last week drew the largest attendance of six scheduled feedback meetings.
An estimated crowd of about 50 turned up with several people carrying placards demanding Wondai Pool be saved.
The Mayor said he was sorry so many people had been misled.
“Wondai Pool runs many activities for the community and it’s very well used, so I understand why so many residents feel strongly about it,” he said.
Mayor Campbell said the public consultation meetings had run fairly smoothly.
As well as Wondai, meetings were held in Blackbutt, Nanango, Kingaroy, Proston and Murgon.
Mayor Campbell said no residents turned up at the Murgon meeting.
Opinions collected at the meetings – and the feedback forms submitted to the Council – will now be passed on to the consultant who wrote the first draft report.
This will be used to draw up a second draft which would then be put out to a second round of public consultations.
After this, councillors would assess and, if necessary, amend the completed plan before it was finally adopted.