New Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and School 'Drop n Go' take huge step forward
Sunshine Coast Regional Councillor Jenny McKay and State Member for Glass House Andrew Powell are pleased to announce that the Education Department has provided in-principle agreement to a new Indoor Aquatic Centre and "Drop n Go" being built on the Maleny State School lower oval.
The announcement follows a lengthy and exhaustive process that explored all options for the siting of a new pool and improved school drop-off facilities and involved considerable consultation with the Maleny State School P&C and staff.
“I and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council have long supported residents' calls for a new indoor aquatic centre in Maleny - one that allowed all year use and better catered for our growing number of local competitive swimmers", Cr McKay said.
Similarly, State Member Andrew Powell has long been campaigning for improved set down and pick up facilities for the children of Maleny State School - a campaign that was constantly frustrated by the traffic movements and developments around the school.
“So when - in conjunction with staff from Council, Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Education - we found a design that ticked all the boxes and delivered both a new aquatic centre and 'drop n go' we got pretty excited. But that solution clearly required the Education Department to partner Council in making the designs a reality", Mr Powell said.
“I'm pleased to announce that late last week the Education Minister wrote to me agreeing to that partnership”, Cr McKay continued.
The agreement is contingent on more detailed traffic management designs, flood management and connectivity to the school proper being finalised but all of that work can now commence with the in-principle approval.
“Jenny and I still have plenty of work to do. I need to now work with TMR to prepare detailed traffic designs – designs that Jenny will need as she expedites the matter of land tenure”, said Mr Powell.
"And of course, the fundraising from all levels of government and the community needs to start in earnest. I'm excited that we are at this stage. For the first time in years, we now have a site we can all agree on. And with a bit more hard work we will be able to turn the community's vision in to reality", Cr McKay concluded.