Input sought on new Helensburgh swimming pool

WOLLONGONG City Council is calling for feedback on a draft concept plan for the Helensburgh Pool.

Residents have until Sunday May 7 to share their thoughts on the project and have ideas incorporated into the project brief which will go to a specialist aquatic designer.

Council is proposing that the major upgrade will include:

  • Replace the existing pool with a new 25 metre pool with 6 lanes, a contemporary accessible ramp style entry and wet deck perimeter (which makes the water surface level with the surrounding paving)
  • A water splash pad
  • New LED Floodlighting
  • A solar shade structure
  • New filtration system and tanks.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the project would form one part of the Helensburgh Park’s multisport facility upgrade.

“Council is working closely with the NSW Government to invest in improving sporting infrastructure in Helensburgh. This includes all the works planned for the Helensburgh Pool as well as projects to improve the neighbouring sportsgrounds,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We know that our community love and value the Helensburgh Pool. At the same time, the pool shell and filtration have reached the end of its life and its time for a major upgrade. The proposed works will not only provide contemporary facilities for years to come, but it also presents us with an opportunity to redesign the pool and add more modern water play facilities.”

The draft concept plan can be viewed by visiting the Our Wollongong website.

The Helensburgh Pool upgrade is funded by the NSW Government.

Wollongong City Council General Manager Greg Doyle said the planned upgrade would ensure the pool meets the needs of the local community who use the pool for exercise, relaxation, and to socialise.

“We know that the community uses public pools in different ways, from little kids enjoying a splash and play, to those learning to swim and others using it as a form of exercise,” Mr Doyle said.

“This diversity is why it’s so important we hear from our community and incorporate their feedback into the final design. Our proposal is a rough guide for what we think could be great, but we want to hear directly from the people who use the pool.

“Now’s your chance to share your thoughts. Let us know what you think about the draft proposal, share what you value about a public pool, and let us know if you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see in the future.”

Visit the Our Wollongong website to find out more or share feedback. You can also email Council or call (02) 4227 7111.

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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