Web_Aquatic-centreThe Committee of the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund fully endorses your comment titled ‘Phillip Island needs a pool’ (Sentinel-Times, July 16, 2013). We have commissioned four feasibility studies, which have constantly demonstrated the high level of need for an aquatic centre on the Island. Partnerships have been established with universities here in Victoria, as well as companies at the cutting edge of pool design and operation both in Australia and internationally.

But if we have to wait 15 to 20 years for Bass Coast Shire Council support, these works will be out of date and we will be back at Square 1. Yes, we acknowledge that across the country aquatic facilities need local government financial support to operate, as do other sporting and recreational facilities. Like public libraries, these facilities need to be regarded as community assets, not liabilities. Cr Claire Le Serve, (Mayor’s Message, Sentinel-Times, July 16) talks of the cost of a 50m facility such as that built by the City of Casey. We’re not asking for that. Our own feasibility study acknowledges that a 25m pool only is warranted. Bear in mind that Casey has a population comparable to Tasmania.

We encourage community members to attend our AGM on Monday, August 19, at 7.30pm at the Cowes Heritage Centre. There you will be encouraged to join the PIAC or renew your membership, for little over the cost of a cup of coffee. At the meeting you will receive a cash flow summary from 2000 to 2013, which includes money raised by the committee, as well as where money has been spent, and how much is in the bank. You can also visit us online at www.piac.org.au The cash flow summary is there. There is also a survey called, ‘How serious are you about your pool’, which is in response to a comment by one of our councillors.

Don Turner, Cape Woolamai.