Plans progress for ocean pool
THE community group working to build an ocean pool at the southern end of Ballina's Shelly Beach is now preparing to lodge a planning application.
It will be discussed at the Reserve Trust Manager meeting tomorrow, with the report noting "there has been strong community support for the ocean pool project".
The recommendation is for Ballina Shire Council, acting as the Ballina Coastal Reserve Trust, to establish the Ballina Ocean Pool Committee as a committee of the council, to enable a development application to be lodged.
Ocean pool committee chairman John Wise, in a letter to the council, said the next step would be to prepare a Review of Environmental Factors.
"We feel that an ocean pool would be a great complement to our beaches and ultimately be a popular local swimming facility that will be enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike," he wrote.
"Our aim is to design a world class 50m ocean pool that has minimal ongoing maintenance costs and is aesthetically pleasing while blending into the natural environment.
"We also feel that with some negative publicity about the safety of swimming at Ballina, this will improve Ballina's reputation as a holiday venue.
"Everywhere we go we get offers of support."
This includes assistance from surveyors, builders, construction companies, planners, engineers, surf club members, swimmers and parents.
Steve Connelly from Planners North has volunteered to help with planning issues, to ensure the committee's application has a "genuine prospect" of being accepted.