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Feedback wanted for draft Aquatic Strategy

Publish Date: 11/12/2017

From early January visitors and locals will be invited to share their ideas for the future of aquatic services across Moira Shire.

General Manager Community Sally Rice said long term planning was vital to ensuring affordable services for current and future residents and visitors.

"Our communities continue to change. Today backyard pools and air conditioning are far more common and are affecting how the community uses their public pools, splash parks and slides," Ms Rice said.

"Your feedback will help us understand and plan for the next 30 or so years and the types of aquatic facilities and services we may need for our community.

"The Aquatic Strategy will focus on achieving a balance between the needs of the community and shifts in participation with the ongoing costs to council in providing both indoor and outdoor pools as well as other aquatic facilities now popular such as splash parks."

Ms Rice said Moira Shire was unique in that it has a variety of natural water ways with very popular swimming spots such as Thompson’s Beach in Cobram and Lake Mulwala in Yarrawonga.

"The Aquatic Strategy will also consider key recommendations of the 2016 – 2026 Recreation Strategy and include additional benchmarking against other Large Rural Councils’ provision of aquatic facilities to their communities," she said.

"This will include best practice examples of where innovation in the provision aquatic facilities has been implemented by others and recommendations as to what Moira Shire could consider in the future."

There are a variety of ways residents can leave feedback for the proposed Aquatic Strategy, visit www.moira.vic.gov.au and fill out the survey, email your thoughts info@moira.vic.gov.au or pick up a hardcopy of the survey from any of our Service Centres.

Background facts –

• Moira Shire Council operates seven aquatic facilities including an indoor pool, five outdoor polls and a waterslide/splash park;

• Council invests around $800,000 per annum to support these facilities;

• Council’s 2016-2026 Recreation Strategy identified swimming and public pools as one of six key priority areas.

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