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Built for the community by the community
Written by Les Fawkes   
Monday, 01 June 2015
32 years ago an enormous crowd gathered for the official opening of the Maleny Swimming Pool.    The highlight of that March 1983 day was seeing Olympian Tracey Wickham swim the first two laps of honour in the new pool.

In 1984 Maleny swimmers started competitive swimming and the Maleny Swimming Club Inc. was formed in 1992.      In the pool grounds stands a granite rock carved by Maleny volunteer Karl Michel bearing the wording “Built for the Community – By the Community”.

We can thank the 100’s who have served on the committees, the swim club members and Maleny community volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to secure a community pool for all to continue to enjoy.      The current committee is still working hard, ensuring that the club provides the best swimming facilities possible, to continue what was started all those years ago.

Fast forward to 2015, as we move into a new era, again as a community – towards the goal of constructing the new Maleny Aquatic Centre. Under the auspices of MDSRC, the Maleny Indoor Aquatic & Fitness Centre steering committee was officially formed on 27th November 2015.

Kim Easton (Chairman)
Greg Williams
Joyce Newton
Margaret Woods
Donna Hayes
April Adsett
Maria Dodd

It is planned to build the new complex below the school oval on land excised to Sunshine Coast Regional Council in Trust.     The total project is for the construction of a multi-million dollar indoor aquatic and fitness centre which will include the following:

*    a 10 lane, soft-edged 25m pool including a disability ramp

*     hydrotherapy pool

*     consultation rooms for specialists

*     squash courts/space for fitness programs,

*     the proposed facility will be enclosed, and include an anchor tenant of the Maleny Community Gym

*    safe, off road parking and open to the public all year round.

Chairman Kim Easton and Andrew Powell have raised a petition and need as much support as possible. Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been campaigning for funds to upgrade the Maleny Pool into an indoor aquatic centre for the past six years and he and Kim are now asking for your support for the petition that is being presented to state parliament next month.

“For as long as I can remember, the Maleny community have been calling out for an upgraded pool complex that will allow them to develop and grow their existing programs and cater for a more wide ranging group of community members with additional features and improved facilities.     There is certainly a large financial cost involved with a project of this nature so it has been slow going.      I’m thrilled to say that with the support of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the Maleny Pool Steering Committee, we are now at the next stage of the project”.

The petition calls on the Government to prioritise the transfer of land either as freehold or as trust or lease, to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

The e-petition can be found on the following link

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions    and closes on Friday 10 July 2015.

“It is important that our community sends very strong message to the Government that our community is behind this proposal.

Matthew Howard at the Maleny Newsagent has kindly offered to have a copy of the paper petition available for signatures or you can pop into my office at the top end of Maple Street.

It’s not just about a pool, this new aquatic centre will act as a community hub and offer year long swimming.

The accompanying facilities like a gym and café will also broaden its appeal to many other sectors of the community.      This project has my full support and I will continue to fight on behalf of our community to see it delivered”, Mr Powell concluded.

Said Kim “This project CAN succeed if the Maleny community works together as they did in the ‘80s.    So far, $450,000 has been raised by the pool and other community sources.    So please, sign the petition and let’s see it become a reality”.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 June 2015 )
 
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