OCEAN POOL ALTERNATIVE: Plans are under way for the dredging of Shaws Bay at Ballina.
OCEAN POOL ALTERNATIVE: Plans are under way for the dredging of Shaws Bay at Ballina. Graham Broadhead

Build an ocean pool or fix Shaws Bay?

THERE is still no money for an ocean pool at Ballina, despite strong community support for the project.

At this week's finance committee meeting, Cr Jeff Johnson put forward a motion for the council to allocate $50,000 to undertake the studies and reports to advance the planning application for the ocean pool.

But his motion was not supported.

Instead the councillors simply agreed to "note the contents" of a report on the matter, which outlined the ocean pool's current situation.

Which project should Ballina Shire Council fund?

This poll ended on 12 December 2016.

Current Results

An ocean pool

44%

Improvements to Shaws Bay

52%

Upgrades to existing public pools at Ballina and Alstonville

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"An independent quantity surveyor's estimate for the construction cost for the ocean pool has not been obtained, although it is likely that the overall cost, including development consent conditions, would be $1 million plus," the report states.

"This figure could be reduced if in-kind support was provided for the project, with any in-kind support needing to comply with Council's contract procedures, work health and safety guidelines etc."

 

Lennox based artist Mark Waller has create a to-scale painting of what an ocean pool at Shelly Beach, Ballina, could look like.
Lennox based artist Mark Waller has create a to-scale painting of what an ocean pool at Shelly Beach, Ballina, could look like.

The report goes on to explain that the pool could be funded if other works were delayed.

This would include the Ballina town entry statements and upgrades to Captain Cook Park.

At the same finance meeting, councillors also received a report on plans to improve Shaws Bay, through the Shaws Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan.

There have been issued at the bay relating to water quality and "excess" seagrass.

The council is corresponding with two state government ministers (Roads and Primary Industry) to seek funding for the dredging of Shaws Bay.

"Siltation/shoaling within Shaws Bay underlies a number issues, including poor flushing and tidal exchange, poor water quality, smothering of seagrass and shallowing of high-usage swimming areas," the report states.

"Dredging will directly help address these issues and encourage users to sections of Shaws Bay with better water quality, allow the creation of an environmental zone in the northern section and generate material for the creation of sandy beaches."

Shaws Bay has not been dredged since the 1990s.



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