THE first stage of the reimagined Maylands Waterland may be open by November next year.
Bayswater councillors unanimously approved a draft concept plan for the redevelopment, pulled together by a working group of councillors and community members, at their last meeting.
The kids’ water park was too run down to open this year, and the council cried poor over a multi-million dollar restoration.
The first stage to open will be free to the public and have a shallow pool, splash pad, picnic area and toilets/change room. Being a freebie, the council can draw on $1.5m cash-in-lieu it’s collected from nearby developments to help cover the $1.7m – $2.2 construction cost.
Stage 2 will have the main pools, possibly including a beach-style pool.
Its estimated cost is $2.5m – $3m, with funding subject to budget time, with the city keen to keep an eye out for available grants. It’s likely be paid-entry to help offset maintenance and staff costs.
The Friends of Maylands Waterland contributed members to the working group and is happy with the outcome.
FoMW chair Josh Eveson says the approval was a fantastic outcome, while “keeping the pools was a vital piece of its appeal and long-term viability”.
“We also believe with the funding model used, returning Waterland to a free facility (as was the vision of Cr Alma Venville in April 1977) will assist in it being a far more inclusive and accessible option, complementing modern life.”
Ward councillors Catherine Ehrhardt and Elli Petersen-Pik like the concept.
by DAVID BELL