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Bigger site for Coast pool needed says former secretary

Cooee Bay Aquatic Centre has been home to many carnivals and community events.
Cooee Bay Aquatic Centre has been home to many carnivals and community events. Contributed

THE site of a proposed new aquatic centre for Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast is being questioned by former secretary of the dedicated committee of Capricorn Coast Olympic Pool Construction Association (CCOPCA) Brian Dorey

Mr Dorey was part of the committee which spent 20 years raising funds to build the existing Olympic pool centre which opened in 1987 at Cooee Bay.

He said he believed a new site with more space would be a better choice.

"I welcome the proposal, but not in the precinct of the Cooee Bay Sports Complex, which lacks space for such a great project to cope with the present usage and to serve the long term population projection into the future," Mr Dorey said.

He said the proposal, introduced in a statement by Cr Bill Ludwig last week, referred to former Livingstone Shire Council's Master Plan 2006 for Cooee Bay Sports Complex produced by the State Government following a survey of coast sporting facilities.

"The master plan placed the new aquatic centre on the football field and the price tag at that time was $12 million," Mr Dorey said.

"To gain the best long term economic benefit from such an expenditure, which could be nearer $20 million today, a larger site should be found to include adequate car parking space for today and the future."

Mr Dorey said he would welcomed consultation with Cooee Bay Progress and Sports Association, that holds a lease on the complex, and wide discussion with the community, before planning a multi-million dollar aquatic centre on an area 120m x 75m with very little land outside the sports complex to increase parking capacity.

In 2010, acting as past secretary of CCOPCA and then president of Yeppoon Show Society, Mr Dorey said he attended a meeting with Rockhampton Regional Council elected members, the deputy mayor, chair of the Community Services Committee, its general manager and other officers, to present options to include in the new Planning Scheme.

"One option for long term planning was an allocation of 14.8 hectares under control of the council fronting Stanley Drive and Millroy Drive for the future showground with common boundaries with the Keppel Park Racecourse, Yeppoon Hack and Pony Club and Keppel Bay Music Club," he said.

"The presentation recommended an investigation into a future site for the Aquatic Centre development, either within the precincts of the future showground or the Barmaryee Sports Centre, where it could share parking facilities and amenities.

"The beachfront was considered too small for the scale of aquatic centre the coast would require but, Yeppoon showground in Park Street was considered, if and when the showground was moved."

As a past chair of planning with Livingstone Shire Council, with 30 years experience as an elected member, Mr Dorey said he would be interested from a community aspect to be involved in consultation and planning for these projects.

The beachfront was considered too small for the scale of aquatic centre.

Topics:  aquatic centre cooee bay pool sports complex yeppoon



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