Bradbury pools relocation mooted

Bradbury's Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre. Picture: Google Maps
Bradbury's Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre. Picture: Google Maps

Bradbury’s Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre could be relocated to Leumeah and another facility opened further south in 20 years time.

Campbelltown Council’s draft Community Facilities Strategy outlined how community assests may change in Campbelltown in the next few decades.

One of the most significant parts of the draft strategy suggested relocating Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre to Leumeah and building a second new aquatic centre in Menangle Park to cater for residents in Campbelltown’s south.

Whether the Bradbury site will be used as an extension of Bradbury Oval, for residential homes or commercial space, has not been discussed.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic stressed the strategy was only a draft and he urged residents to have their say and make a submission when the public exhibition period opened shortly.

“We are just asking for submissions and comments – there is still a helluva lot more work to do,” he said.

“It (the Bradbury centre) might be something we leave as is ir the feasibility study says it’s not worth the cost.

“Nothing is concrete.”

Public submissions would also play a major role in the make up of the strategy before it was finalised.

The Bradbury centre was opened in 1967 and was called the Campbelltown Swimming Centre.

It was renamed to honour former mayor Gordon Fetterplace in 2011, three years after his death.

Cr Brticevic assured Campbelltonians the name “The Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre” would remain, and it was just the location that may change.

Cr Brticevic also said any Leumeah precinct would likely be located around Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

But like the Bradbury pools, the future make-up of the site was still up in the air.

“There is a view for a precinct in Leumeah – but whether that includes an aquatic centre, I don’t know,” Cr Brticevic said.

The report also mentioned community members had flagged the idea of a new aquatic centre in Ingleburn or Minto to address “overcrowding” issues at other facilities.

However, there was no recommendation for a new centre in either of those suburbs.

Councillors voted at last night’s council meeting to place the draft strategy on public exhibition.

It can be viewed at once the period begins.