No indoor pool for Cooma

HOPES of Cooma one day having a year round indoor pool have been dashed.

An investigation conducted by Cooma council's recreation and property manager Ross Lawley, into enclosing the Cooma Festival Swimming Pool to allow it to operate year round, found it would be unfeasible.

The council currently spends more than $215,000 to operate the pool for six months of the year.

On average, the council subsidises each visit by $6, based on 35,000 visits a year.

The investigation found that, to operate for 12 months the council could be faced with double the costs, plus an additional 40 per cent for extra heating costs.

In a report to the council's recreation and facilities committee, Mr Lawley highlighted that enclosing the pool was not as simple as filling in the walls of the current facility.

The existing steel structure is not designed to be enclosed in an aggressive environment such as chlorine and would need to be rebuilt.

Patronage was also an issue considered.

A trial extension of the season for an extra month a few years ago was abandoned a week early due to lack of numbers.

The council also spoke with executives from Belgravia Leisure who, at the time, managed the Cooma Pool and another 40 pools in Australia, about their thoughts on a year-round centre.

They considered a year-round centre unfeasible for any town with a catchment of less than 50,000 people.

According to the 2011 census Cooma-Monaro Shire had a population of 9,772.

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