Mayor needs to explain pool tactics debacleBellarine pool
A sham consultation process and unusually fast-tracked tender process to ram through a proposed outdoor Bellarine pool in Drysdale needs to be explained by the Mayor of Greater Geelong, Member for Corangamite Libby Coker said today.
“The ruckus at last night’s meeting of the Bellarine Aquatic Advocacy Group resulted from Council attempting to ram through an outdoor pool in order to go to tender in coming weeks, with little consultation and limited design work,” Ms Coker said.
“This tactic needs to be explained by the Mayor, who happens also to be the preselected Federal Liberal candidate. Her party supports an outdoor pool, despite widespread community support for an indoor pool complex,” Ms Coker said.
“I will be writing to the Minister for Local Government to complain about how the Council is handling this matter. I’ll be seeking the Minister’s department to investigate potential conflicts of interest and potential governance irregularities.
“I founded the Bellarine Aquatic Advocacy Group to consult the community on the best options for a pool. It has been taken over by Council and used as a fig-leaf to cover its sham consultation on the pool.
“I’m not surprised one member resigned last night in disgust. Others are up in arms at the lack of process. The speed with which this is to go to tender is unprecedented.
“Apart from raising big questions around due process and conflicts of interest, it’s a recipe for budget blow-outs during construction.
“Let’s consult the wider community properly, by placing plans on public display and seeking feedback about an indoor versus outdoor pool.
“My community survey already has more than 1600 people supporting an indoor pool. Yet, council seems hell-bent on ramming through an outdoor pool, for what many could see as politically advantaging its Liberal candidate Mayor.
“This is another example of ‘two hats Asher’ being unable to distinguish between her conflicting mayoral and Liberal candidate roles.”Share Tweet