Supporters of an ocean pool in Ballina are hoping it could become a reality within a year.
The Ballina Shire Council’s reserve trust committee will decide on Wednesday whether to make the Ballina Ocean Pool Committee a delegated committee.
Cr Jeff Johnson said this would allow the ocean pool supporters to act on behalf of the reserve trust, which is responsible for the rock shelf between Shelley and Lighthouse beaches – the preferred site for an ocean pool.
Cr Johnson said there had been overwhelming community support for the idea since it was first mooted.
If it becomes a reality, the Ballina ocean pool would be the first to be constructed in New South Wales since the 1970s.
‘We’ve got university professors, engineers, a planner and a local construction company supporting this so plenty of professionals have offered to help us prepare reports and applications,’ he said.
‘We just need the official recognition (from the council’s reserve trusts committee).
Supporters are pushing for a 50 metre by 20 metre pool on the rock shelf between Shelley and Lighthouse beaches.
Cr Johnson said it could be built for less than a million dollars.
‘We’ve already had the site surveyed and it has been listed on the curriculum of the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania, which is one of the leading colleges when it comes to the ocean and associated infrastructure.
Cr Johnson said an ocean pool would be free to use, provide a safe swimming environment, with no chlorine or chemicals.
It would also keep out sharks.