Cash splash brings pool closer to reality

John Carey at Beatty Park Leisure Centre, currently the closest pool to the CBD. Photo by David Bell.

A PUBLIC pool plan at the East Perth WACA site is being realised with the WA government announcing a $30 million contribution to the WACA redevelopment on Sunday August 2.

The WACA’s undergoing a big overhaul and state Perth Labor MP John Carey has been gauging interest for a pool there. 

Mr Carey says the $30m of state money means the WACA redevelopment will include “major aquatic facility, including a 50m public swimming pool, water slide attractions and water play areas, as well as other standard facilities” like a spa and sauna.

A feasibility study joint-funded by Perth city council and the state government suggested the pool would bring in more revenue if it had fun stuff like slides, similar to Cockburn ARC.

The state money matches federal government funding and is contingent on Perth city council prcontribution. That’ll depend on Perth city council providing some contribution.

That’ll depend on the future elected council setting aside money in upcoming budgets, but the council’s long-term corporate business plan has flagged $25m for the WACA redevelopment over the next few years.

Mr Carey says a pool complex is “strongly supported by local residents” and will be a drawcard for the area. 

“More people living in the city fills streets, provides more customers for small business, means more vibrancy at day and night and makes our city streets safer.”

By DAVID BELL

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