Pool lost in sea of complexity
IN LIGHT of all that has ensued from a simple desire for a swimming pool, principally for our youngsters to enjoy, and not just enjoy but perhaps even aspire to higher purpose, and for those of the adult population to use at will (sparingly I would suggest) – how did we end up with this sporting extravaganza that the shire hierarchy has convinced a significant number within our ranks that we must have, as well, if we are to have a pool?Read more
This extraordinarily long diatribe was compiled to equate with the extended saga that has ensued from the initial, simple proposal of a swimming pool.
Can we please, as an intelligent, sensible, purposeful community, erase all the complications that have ensued and simply revert to the initial proposal?
By all means, if there is some merit in developing the area on the other side of the river with future residential development in mind, build the pool over there.
But let all of the extraordinary, extravagant, and expensive ancillaries be put aside, at least for the present.
We already have a sporting ground that caters for football and cricket, and tennis, basketball and netball are similarly provided for on the relatively recently refurbished and expensive surface of the tennis courts.
Surely it can’t be that hard to find another level playing surface somewhere near town – perhaps in the empty space in the centre of the Toodyay race track, which the shire already owns – to mark out a rectangular pitch for hockey, soccer and rugby?
So, let the development of bigger, ‘better’ facilities for those other sports wait until the present grounds prove to be inadequate.
Anyway, if we were to cater for football and other sports in that new facility, what is to become of the existing sports ground and all of its expanded facilities – pavilion, youth hall, football club/change rooms, grandstand, toilets, etc. – will they become defunct?
If the shire has a hidden agenda to sell off that facility, perhaps to a private developer, then surely the ratepayers should be fully informed.
It is conceivable to pay for the new development by selling off the land but if this is proposed, why the secrecy?
And, if this is not the intention, then make a public statement to that effect. That might put a lot of minds at ease.
Pursuant to that, what would become of our Toodyay Show facilities?
Where would that leave our historic tradition of the Toodyay Agricultural Show, now in its 166th year?
We don’t really believe that once the shire is maintaining sporting grounds at the new site that it would still continue the upkeep on the old facilities, including the well-maintained, attractive sports oval.
If the area is to be retained, will it become a dust bowl show arena?
All ratepayers deserve to be fully informed, not left wondering about the shire’s intentions, or the potential outcomes.
Allan and Kerry Gregory