Following a Council resolution of March 2013, Council has further investigated options for the development of the Aquatic Centre site.
Four development options were evaluated that sought to fully reflect stakeholder and community needs and values, and balance this with financial sustainability. A preferred option was recommended.
On 23 September 2014, a report was presented to Council that stated the outcomes of this investigation. The report noted that Option 4B is the preferred option, which retains the 50m pool in line with community consultation. However the report also noted that the preferred option requires the substantial funding of $10 million sought by Council through the Special Rate Variation. As a consequence of the rate variation not being approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), the funding is not available and this project cannot proceed.
At the 23 September meeting, Council resolved to:
A. Note the IPART decision and that the redevelopment of the Warringah Aquatic Centre will not proceed;
B. Note that Option 4B, which retains the 50m pool in line with community consultation is the preferred option if funds were to become available;
C. Discontinue the Strategic Advisory Group and formally thank all members for their valuable input;
D. Further investigate options to provide a more sustainable development for the Warringah Aquatic Centre site such as; investigation of potential partnerships, additional funding sources and opportunities presented by the Frenchs Forest Hospital development.
The project page on Your Say Warringah has been the main platform for information and feedback during the consultation. Council thanks all community members who have participated and provided valuable input on this project. The project page is now closed in line with the Council Resolution.