Parramatta’s new pool is another step closer to reality.
Legislation was passed in the state government last week that allows Parramatta Council to take out a 50 year lease for a new world-class aquatic centre at the former golf course site in Mays Hill.
“This legislation is an essential step to ensuring we have our new pool by March 2020,” Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said. “It’s also a great win for the community as Wistaria Gardens is transferred into Parramatta Park, making sure these Edwardian Gardens are preserved for future generations. I’m disappointed with Labor, they opposed this important legislation which could have led to unnecessary delays. Even worse, Labor tried to scare the public by saying we were going to sell off the land to developers – this is wrong and appalling politics.”
But Granville MP Julia Finn described the legislation as “disgraceful” in state parliament. She called on the government to amend the size of the site earmarked in the lease from 20 hectares to two.
“I am very passionate about Parramatta Park because I served on the Parramatta Park Trust for 10 years with Tom Uren and with the bill you see before you, he would be turning in his grave,” Ms Finn said.
“It is an utter disgrace. It is an insult to western Sydney. It is an insult to the many former leaders who established the park and fought for this park, from Macquarie to Tom Uren and that’s why I won’t support it in its current form and I really do urge the government to limit the carve up of the park and leave the two hectares necessary to establish the new pool.”
Parramatta Council is currently undertaking community consultation and preliminary design works. Most people want a modern facility with outdoor and indoor pools and a variety of other facilities. It will, at minimum, include an indoor aquatic area with an eight-lane 25m pool, a 10-lane outdoor 50m pool, along with a learn-to-swim pool and water slides.
“This legislation does not constrain to what the pool is today, but allows us to build a world class facility which is what the community is after,” Dr Lee said. “The state government’s $30 million commitment and council’s commitment of up to $30 million, will ensure we deliver a world-class aquatic centre for generations to come.”