Port River Portraits reprintedNovember 14, 2023
Media coverage of Pool proposalNovember 21, 2023
At tonight’s meeting the City of Port Adelaide Enfield considered its response to ECF’s Coastal Engineering Scoping Study for a Tidal Swimming Facility in the Port River. The meeting was a further step in the journey, begun in 2020, to achieve a swimming facility in the Port River.
The Council meeting unanimously approved the following resolutions:
1. The report of the Director Corporate Services titled “Estuary Care Foundation – Scoping Study for Tidal Swimming Facility in the Port River” be received and it is noted that
(a) further detailed investigations are required to determine the feasibility of developing a tidal swimming pool in the Port River;
(b) the concept of a tidal swimming pool in the Port River broadly aligns with Council’s priorities for activating and restoring the health of the river; and
(c) should the concept progress to the next stage, it will require a more detailed assessment by the Council to determine its relative merits and any further support from Council.
2. The community leadership that the Estuary Care Foundation in collaboration with the North Haven Surf Life Saving Club have demonstrated in advocating for the development of a tidal swimming pool in Port River as part of the group’s wider efforts to activate the river and restore its health, is acknowledged by Council.
3. The potential development of a tidal swimming pool in the Port River be considered as part of the broader future development of Cruikshank’s Corner and how Council may be able to attract investment into this site.
Conversations at the meeting, between the Mayor and Councillors, indicated that there were discussions underway about Cruickshanks Corner that Council could not yet share in a public meeting.
The Council was advised that it was up to them, through the Business Planning process in early 2024, as to what priority would be given to the swimming facility and what work would be done to progress its planning.
Cr Vines suggested that partner funds were potentially available to work with Council on the project.