Public comments welcome on draft Regional Aquatic Strategy

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council is developing a longer-term, region-wide strategy for its aquatic facilities and services and is now asking the community for its views on what is needed.

The draft Regional Aquatic Strategy to guide works from 2015 to 2025 and beyond is now completed and open for public comment until August 7.

Facilities, Libraries and Cultural Services portfolio spokeswoman councillor Ros Scotney said the key focus of the review was to look at the here and now, the needs of current users and the anticipated needs of future users based on changing demographics and aquatic industry trends.

"Council has been consulting with key stakeholder groups and now we want to know what the community thinks," she said.

"There is a survey on our website which will be running until 5pm, August 7. This is your chance to have your say.

"We want to know why and how you use the current facilities or even why you don't use them.

"These facilities are a significant investment for council and we need to ensure they have a high-participation rate.

"Milne Bay Aquatic Centre was established in the late 1950s and underwent a major refurbishment in 1998.

"A lot has changed since then. Multi-purpose facilities have become an industry standard and residents are starting to look for centralised entertainment hubs.

"There has been a lot of change and your views are needed to inform our future planning."

Cr Scotney said council officers were open to any suggestion from the public.

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