The idea of the Gold Coast having ocean pools was pretty short lived, with Council quick to axe a renewed push for the coastline attractions.
They’d been put forward again to provide safer swimming opportunities for tourists, especially in the wake of three drownings in the last week.
A recent report delivered to council found that the cost of installing just one pool would cost about $10 million.
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But maintenance costs were also a major expense, requiring $200,000 every year. Plus, the pool would only last about 20 years.
Transport and Infrastructure Committee boss Pauline Young says the cost was certainly one thing, but there were other contributing factors to the committee giving the big ‘no’.
“A big part of it is the topography of the Gold Coast city coastline as opposed to Sydney, Sydney’s got a lot of coves which is where most of these ocean pools are.
“We’ve got very open beaches, beaches that are affected by wave impacts, so at this stage, with the reports that we’ve received, it’s not something that the city’s going to be progressing with into the future.
“We’ve done an independent assessment with RPS, we also did an assessment with our council officers, and currently with the report that’s come forward we won’t be progressing forward at this stage,” Ms Young said.