Council fails to get water park cash

BAYSWATER council has been unsuccessful in getting a million-dollar state government grant to keep Maylands Waterland open.

The grant application was a last ditch attempt to get funds to repair the ageing council water park, as the council had already taken its begging bowl to Lotterywest, various politicians and 16 private companies.

Bayswater council will now form a working group to “progress with alternative redevelopment options”, which will most likely be cheaper.

Petition

Originally the working group was just going to be councillors and two city staffers, but Cr Catherine Ehrhardt added an amendment to include two people from the Friends of Maylands Waterland, the community group behind the petition to save the facility.

“They’ve been very proactive in thinking outside the box and we need community representation in the group,” Cr Ehrhardt said.

Josh Eveson from the FOMW attended this week’s council meeting to advocate a “hybrid model”, with part of the waterpark being redeveloped into a free public area–like the splash pad at Hyde Park–and another section with paid access to pools.

Having a free section meant the council could apply for a wider range of grants, and it could also dip into its public open space fund, which you can’t spend on a fenced facility.

by DAVID BELL

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