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Wednesday September 11, 2019 – PAGE 3
By Nick Grimm
Concepts detailing the first stage of Mt
Barker’s planned multi-million dollar
regional indoor aquatic centre have been
released for public consultation.
The Mt Barker Council is seeking community
feedback on the $28–30m stage that would
be built on Bald Hills Road, adjacent to the
regional sports hub which will be built at a
nearby site on Springs Road.
The plans feature:
• An indoor 10-lane 25m competition and lap
• Learn to swim, leisure and children’s pools;
• A fitness centre;
• Meeting and administration rooms;
• A kiosk and café area; and
• Changing rooms, toilets and amenities.
Associated car parking and a temporary
access road would also be constructed.
The design allows for expansion, including
the construction of sports courts, water slides
and other leisure facilities, an outdoor 50m
pool and indoor warm water therapy pool.
The therapy pool – which would be utilised
by people with a range of physical and mental
disabilities and impairments – could be
included in stage one if community consultation
finds there is enough demand for it.
The Federal Government committed $10m
towards the project during the 2018 by-election,
but Mayor Ann Ferguson said more help was
“We are pursuing all possible funding avenues
in order to minimise the financial impact on
council and our ratepayers,” she said.
“Council cannot build this alone, and securing
external funding will be critical if this project
is to go ahead.”
Luke Gray, the council’s strategic projects
manager, said it was estimated there would be
100,000 centre users within the first year of
Many of those would come during the year’s
colder months and would travel from across the
wider Hills area, Murraylands and potentially
some of Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, he said.
“That’s why we’ve sought to cater to as many
people as possible in stage one,” Mr Gray said.
“It wouldn’t be smart to just spend a huge
amount of money and only build a 50m pool –
it would exclude so many users in the initial
“That’s why that’s been left out of stage one
and the 25m and learn to swim and leisure
pools have been included – we want a broad
range of people to utilise this facility.”
Mrs Ferguson said the council “desperately”
needed to hear from its community –
particularly potential therapy pool users.
“We strongly encourage people who would use
a warm water therapy pool to take part in the
consultation process so that we can gauge the
local demand for such a facility and lobby State
and Federal Governments for funding to allow
its inclusion in stage one,” she said.
The proposed centre will replace Mt Barker’s
ageing Mountain Pool.
Community consultation will run until
October 7. For more details, visit mountbarker.
Mt Barker’s current pool is due to be replaced
and on Monday the council released stage one
concept plans for a proposed regional indoor
Police are investigating whether a
Brukunga man was manufacturing and
trafficking guns after an additional 40
weapons were found at the property, a
court has heard.
The 58-year-old, whose identity is suppressed,
is seeking home detention bail after police
uncovered a massive cache of weapons –
including a military grade assault rifle, a
machine gun and 162 other unregistered guns
at his property last month.
The Adelaide Magistrate’s Court heard last
week that a further search of the property had
located an additional 40 guns, ammunition
The prosecution reportedly told the court that
police were concerned about five industrial
machines on the property which they suspected
could have been used to manufacture firearms.
Police asked that the man’s bail request be
refused because he could interfere with the
investigation if released. The defence argued
that he needed to attend to his farm.
Magistrate John Fahey said he would give
police a week to provide evidence to back up
their new manufacturing and trafficking
claims before deciding whether to grant bail.
He said he wasn’t prepared to give the
accused home detention bail at the farm,
but the defence requested that he consider
releasing him on home detention bail to live
with his sister.
The case will continue this week.
More guns found
Aquatic hub plans on show
INDOOR 25m POOL
FUTURE OUTDOOR 50m POOL
INDOOR LEISURE POOL
FUTURE PLAYING COURTS
Plans for the proposed aquatic centre have been essentially split into two
stages. Stage one (inside red border) featuring two indoor pools and a
future stage (inside grey border) with a 50m outdoor pool.
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