Consultants recommend Todd Park for investigation as location for a regional aquatic centre

A report by consultants Otium recommends further detailed investigations be undertaken of Todd Park to definitively confirm it as the suitable site for a regional aquatic facility.
A report by consultants Otium recommends further detailed investigations be undertaken of Todd Park to definitively confirm it as the suitable site for a regional aquatic facility.

A study has recommended Todd Park, Blakehurst for further investigation as a suitable site for a future regional aquatic centre.

Georges River Council commississoned consultant Otium Planning Group to look at the suitability of sites in the local govenment area.

Three possibile sites were identified in the council's draft Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitablity and Feasibility Sudy as potential locations for a regional aquatic centre - Todd Park, Carss Park and Netstrata Jubilee Stadium precinct.

Otium recommends further detailed investigations be undertaken of Todd Park to definitively confirm it as the suitable site for a regional aquatic facility.

The report going to next week's meeting of Georges River Council recommends that council commence "as a matter of urgency" the next stage of detailed technical investigation of the site.

This would include detailed geotechnical, contamination, service and utility investigation and traffic studies to definitively confirm that the site is suitable for the development of a regional aquatic faclity.

Funding of up to $200,000 will be allocated from the Aquatic Facilities Reserve to commence the investigation of the site.

Otium has advised the council officers that the investigations could take up to 20 weeks to complete.

Georges River Council has committed to having a new aquatic centre after closing the Kogarah War Memorial last July because of structural defects leaving only the Sans Souci and Hurstville aquatic centres in the local government area.

The future regional aquatic facility which may include an indoor or outdoor 50 metre pool, 15 metre or 25 metre heated program pools and other uses, such as a cafe, crèche, gymnasium, health and wellbeing centre, water splash play area, community meeting spaces and car parking.

Public exhibition of the draft Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study commenced on 23 December, 2019 and closed on 28 February,

Otium Planning Group applied 14 sustainable assessment criteria to four possible locations within the Study area - the Sans Souci Leisure Centre, Todd Park, Carrs Bush Park and Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Todd Park was identified as the highest ranking site, according to the council report.

"Approximately 400 legitimate submissions were received," the council's report states.

"However, there were also a number of duplicate and/or fraudulent submissions received. The fraudulent submissions have been referred to the Police for investigation."

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