The Bangalow community has been waiting for over 10 years their pool – and the Bangalow pool trust is now asking the community to get behind the idea and get involved.
They are holding their AGM at the Bangalow Bowls Club at 7pm on Tuesday 2 May.
‘Council have approved the DA and the land is on a long term lease from council adjacent to the Bangalow sports grounds,’ said pool trust secretary, Tony Heeson.
‘We want to get the Bangalow community interested and behind it. We need people who have the skills and time to get things done to get involved.’
The initial plan is for a heated 25m pool, a learn to swim pool and kids water play area with a kiosk and viewing stand. They have raised around $300,000 towards the project but will need a government grant to get it up and swimming.
‘The first stage will cost around 1 million,’ said local architect Dominic Finlay Jones who has put together the plans.
‘We are currently looking at applying for a range of state and federal grants. We do need a government grant for it to be feasible.’
The second stage of the plan to develop the site aims to include a creche, coffee shop, gym and aerobics centre.
‘We have based our design on the Casuarina pool complex in Tweed,’ Heeson continued.
The idea is to make it self funding through the different facilities on available.
The pool trust has committed to Byron shire council that they will be be self sustaining and not require any ongoing support for maintenance and running the facility.
‘We have given a commitment to council that the Bangalow pool trust will run at no cost to council.’
If you are interested in getting involved contact Tony Heeson on 0419715098 or Ruth Ryan at Barebones Art Space on 66871393.