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A concept design of the Lismore Lake Pool precinct presented to councillors last night. (supplied)
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Lismore City councillors have been told it would cost at least $2,2 million to reopen the Lismore Lake Pool and a further $123,308 per annum to keep it operating.

Following a decision in July last year to investigate re-opening the pool, the council set aside $55,000 in the 2016/17 budget to undertake detailed planning and investigations, prepare documentation and call tenders for the work.

But after the first of two briefings at the council chambers last night, Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said the costs were ‘double what we thought they would be’.

‘It’s not off the agenda because we are here to implement what the community wants,’ Cr Smith told Echonetdaily.

Costs associated with reopening the Lismore Lake Pool. (supplied)
Costs associated with reopening the Lismore Lake Pool. (supplied)

‘But it’s not in our priority planning. Lismore Park, Albert Park, Oakes Oval and the Rail Trail, are our top priorities.’

Cr Smith said given the high costs, attracting funding from the state government would be the priority.

Meanwhile, supporters of the Lake Pool will be meeting at the South Lismore Bowling Club on 5 April to discuss the matter further.





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  1. I don’t get it. $2.2 million is not a lot of money for children to be safe to swim and to attract tourists from outlying areas.
    Would the operating cost of $123,308 be the salary of two people at $61,655 pa each to keep the place maintained?

  2. Sounds like another impost for the ratepayers of Lismore coming up, just as happened with the ratepayers of Alstonville for the re-furbishment of the local pool which is mainly used by school children. State government should fund these expenditures out of the education funding, not taxpayers’ scarce dollars.

  3. Half a million dollars for contingency costs!!! How about doing an accurate plan then putting fixed price tenders and I would bet that it would come in under $1.5 million.

    This is a whole lot cheaper than the art gallery and I can guarantee more locals will use the pool.

    But as I doubt the Lakeside Pool will ever happen how about Council reduces the rip off entrance prices for the Memorial Baths. It currently costs me $5 to visit and for what. This is double the price of the excellent pools in Clover Moore’s City of Sydney and they are ten times better value.

    I would suggest that rather than spend $55,000 on working out whether to reopen the Lakeside Pool, Council would be better off spending $5,000 and fly a few Councillors down to meet Clover and she can show them how a pool really can be done.

  4. 2.2million? It couldn’t possibly cost that to refurbish or replace basically what’s there, did someone put something in the water at the planning Dept and they went berserk modelling some extravagant water theme park?


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