Positive steps in planning for East Ballina ocean pool

SUPPORT is building for an ocean pool in Ballina, with the preparation of planning documents about to get underway.

In December last year, Ballina Shire Council provided in principle support for the project, which was pitched by councillor Jeff Johnson.

Since then, a Ballina Ocean Pool Committee has been officially incorporated and a number of meetings have been held with university professors, State Government representatives and staff from the council's planning department.

Cr Johnson said the proposed pool would be located on the rock shelf between Shelly and Lighthouse beaches at East Ballina.

"An ocean pool in East Ballina would provide a safe alternative swimming option for both residents and tourists," he said.

Should an ocean pool be built at East Ballina?

This poll ended on 23 September 2015.

Current Results

Yes! It's a great idea and there are other places on the Northern Rivers we should be doing it too.

85%

It might be worth a try, provided it doesn't cost too much.

3%

This is just a complete waste of money that could be better spent filling potholes.

11%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"They are relatively inexpensive to build, have minimal ongoing maintenance costs if designed correctly and would be free to use all year round.

"I'm still of the belief that grant funding and the support of local businesses will cover the full cost of construction.

"Where the council can help is through assisting with the preparation of the necessary planning documents."

Fellow pool proponent John Wise said the site was surveyed earlier this year and the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania had completed some preliminary structural design work.

He said meetings with Southern Cross University Marine Biology staff had also been very positive.

"It is our objective to build a pool that is integrated in the natural setting, and interacts with the ocean in that it will be fed by tide and wave action," he said.

Cr Johnson said committee members recently met with representatives from Crown Lands to discuss the project.

"The meeting was very positive and it's now time to progress through the regulatory hurdles," he said.

Cr Johnson said an ocean pool hadn't been built in NSW for more than 40 years.