The proposed Ocean Pool at Shelly Beach rock platform in Ballina Shire has raised passions of both sides of the pool debate with the latest splash being made by the Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA) who have declared Speeds reef surf break as endangered.
Ballina Shire Council saw a packed gallery for its meeting yesterday as Cr Ben Smith put forward a motion to discontinue the Ballina Ocean Pool Project.
The proposed Ocean Pool at Shelly Beach near Ballina has come under fire as members of the community question the impact of the pool, yet supporters say they have already had expert reports to address these concerns.
The viability of the proposed Ballina ocean pool is being questioned with some councillors believing that it is an unaffordable expense to the community.
The announcement of the $4 million promise to build an ocean pool at Shelly Beach if they got elected reminds future ocean swimmers that they might just get it for free.
The idea for a Ballina ocean pool is coming one step closer as the final touches are currently being put on the planning reports that will allow the Ballina Shire Council to start applying for funding to get the project off the ground.
The prospect of swimming in a shark-free ocean pool at Shelly Beach has moved a step closer after the engineering design brief for the Ballina Ocean Pool was sent out to a number of consultants recently.
Supporters of an ocean pool at Ballina have been encouraged to apply for NSW Crown Lands grants to bring their dream to reality.
The push to build an ocean pool at Ballina has been given the backing of the Ballina Shire Council reserve trusts committee.
Supporters of an ocean pool in Ballina are hoping it could become a reality within a year.