REVEALED: Council's master plan for new aquatic centre
KYOGLE'S future aquatic centre and sports hub was on the agenda at Monday night's council meeting.
The development aims to provide residents with a modern, flood-free gym, enclosed sporting arena and upgraded pool facilities at the existing aquatic centre located on the corner of Wyangarie Street and Summerland Way, Kyogle.
Following a site visit on November 26 and a workshop for councillors, a site layout was unanimously chosen at the council meeting.
General manager Graham Kennett's report stated option one was chosen because it contained the footprint of all three stages of development within the current swimming pool precinct, whereas option two proposed the inclusion of Bloore Park as the site for the future sports stadium.
"Option one allowed for an efficient use of space within the existing pool precinct," the report stated.
"The site plan demonstrates that it is technically possible to accommodate all phases of development within the existing precinct boundaries - although, as has been noted, such a quantum of development will necessarily impact upon the amount of open space and landscaping within the site."
Mayor Danielle Mulholland said council looked to seize the future opportunity to co-locate additional sports/recreation facilities, including a sports stadium, in order to create a "hub" at the precinct.
"We have matched the funding of $60,000 previously secured via an election commitment from Federal member for Page, Kevin Hogan for stage one of the development," she said.
"We will seek further funding and public consultation for stage two and three before works will start."
She revealed future plans would see the gym moved out of floodplains from the Showground to the Kyogle Memorial Swimming Pool precinct.
Cr Earle Grundy raised the issue of how crowded the site would look after works were complete.
"After inspecting the site I thought it looked to be so crowded with the youth centre sitting on top," Cr Grundy said.
"They'll be no room for anything once it's finished."
Cr Maggie May argued that the co-location of the youth centre, pool and gym would create complimentary use opportunities.
"For example if a parent drops their teenager to the youth centre, they could pop into the gym next door as well or they can go to the pool," she said.
Cr May disagreed with Cr Grundy's comments about the site looking too crowded.