Liberals make a splash in Scottsdale with new funding pledge

SPLASH: Dorset Mayor Greg Howard and Premier Will Hodgman get their feet wet in the Scottsdale Swimming Pool. Picture: Scott Gelston.
SPLASH: Dorset Mayor Greg Howard and Premier Will Hodgman get their feet wet in the Scottsdale Swimming Pool. Picture: Scott Gelston.

The Scottsdale Swimming Pool was built in the same decade that man first walked on the moon.

Dorset mayor Greg Howard said as pool patronage had risen since the council had abolished entry fees in November 2017, the pool was in major need of an overhaul.

“Our recent policy change where we scrapped all pool fees in the entire municipality has meant that the patronage in this pool has multiplied many times,” he said.

The swimming pool fees were waived in order to encourage the Dorset community to lead a more active lifestyle and to make going to the pool more affordable and accessible to everyone.

The Liberal party announced $3 million to go toward major facility upgrades for Scottsdale sports facilities should it win the state election.

“As you can see for us it’s a timely announcement, the pool is pretty close to 60 years old,” Councillor Howard said.

The funding would also go toward the Scottsdale Netball Courts to provide it with a roof and new lighting.

“With the roof over the netball courts, not only will it be a benefit to the players and the officials alike, but it will actually extend the life of the netball courts,” Cr Howard said.

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General manager Tim Watson said if the upgrades were to take place, the design process would likely begin on June 30 and construction would start by March 2019 to avoid clashing with the summer season.

“It’s going to be a smaller-scale aquatic recreation facility,” Mr Watson said. 

“It’s going to include better disabled access as well that will be a benefit to the people in the community who do have disabilities.”

Bass Liberal MHA Michael Ferguson said the upgrades would benefit the health of the community.

“For a dated pool [it] might look very nice, but obviously the age has wearied it,” he said.

“It does really play into our wish for people to be fit and physically active.”

Bass Liberal MHA Sarah Courtney said the council had advocated for these two projects for a long time.

“We know how important outdoor recreational facilities are for people in North-East Tasmania,” she said.

“This is a wonderful way to support the local community and encourage young people, and young girls in particular with netball, to get involved with sport.”

Mr Watson said the municipality’s waived entry fees were not expected to change.