Roma Denise Spencer Pool.
Roma Denise Spencer Pool.

Roma community to get a say in the development of new pool

COUNCILLOR Joh Hancock has ensured the Maranoa community will have their voice heard when council decides on the future of the Roma Denise Spencer Pool.

At yesterday’s council meeting, Maranoa Regional Councillors discussed how funds in their 2019/20 budget will be allocated to determine the best way to deliver a new and improved aquatic centre in Roma.

Council looked at a feasibility study cost analysis, and business case, to make sure the pool continues to meet the current and future needs of the community.

After much back and forth discussion, all nine councillors agreed to amend the recommendations to include:

  • Receive and note the contents of the report, including market research summary and options for further development.
  • Undertake research with a range of other local government entities and pool lessees, in Queensland and other states, with a view of understanding lessons learnt from major pool upgrades or refurbishments that have been undertaken within the last five years;
  • Undertake additional local engagement through a deputation with councillors.
  • Be presented with a subsequent report for a future Ordinary Meeting following which additional stakeholders’ engagement be undertaken about options available.

Cr Hancock amended the original recommendation to add point three, stating a lot of residents have approached councillors and said they want to be involved in the decision-making process, and that they will attend future council meetings to share their ideas and have input into the future of the pool.

“I’m just a bit concerned with this resolution going to the community and they feel they’re not part of the discussion,” Cr Hancock said.

“I just know that council has been approached by members wanting to speak about the project.

“I do acknowledge there has been community consultation, I just don’t want them to feel like they have been left out.”

The council agenda states $70,000 was allocated to the study in the 2019/20 budget and there is about $15,000 remaining to be carried over into the 2020/21 budget.

As the agenda states, the pool is 60-years-old and council have been completing minor maintenance issues, but it’s now at the point where a major refurbishment is needed.

Council will continue to discuss their plans at future council meetings to determine the fate of the community’s beloved pool.

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