With the assistance of independent research company Benchmark Research, 785 people competed our survey asking to what Manly locals knew and wanted. Here's a summary of the findings:
Is it necessary and justified for Manly Council to spend $16m to effectively create an indoor 25 metre pool, a fitness centre and covered carpark on the site of the Boy Charlton Swim Centre in Balgowlah Road?
Many locals don't think so, but the Mayor has been quick to dismiss their opinions. Jean Hay was recently quoted in the Manly Daily as saying, "for anyone to knock this, get your head out of the sand."
It has now been revealed that even the Councillors hadn't been consulted nor have they voted on the proposed redevelopment, even though General Manager Henry Wong has been busy applying for loans.
It's another example of the Wong/Hay approach of overwhelming lack of community consultation in recent times that has residents outraged and frustrated. For example, we understand that no consultation took place with regular users of the pool in relation to this new proposal either. But what would they know, they only use the facility.
In contrast, Good for Manly has developed a Swimming Strategy for Manly which includes the rebuilding of the Harbour Pool, and upgrading of other major swimming locations in Manly, including the Manly Swim Centre which clearly is in need of major maintenance.
You can download our strategy here. Give us your ideas and feedback, we welcome it.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor, Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations & community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.