Kangaroo Island is closer than ever to having a community indoor swimming centre - including a learner pool and hydrotherapy pool - to be located in Kingscote.
After years of talking, planning, and fundraising, the Kangaroo Island Community Indoor Swimming Centre committee is now inviting locals to get involved and help make this a reality.
Since establishing a committee in 2000, much water has gone under the bridge. Work has continued, potential new resources have come around and are being followed up, committee members Trish van der Linden or Deb Laver say.
An Initial Needs Analysis demonstrated the need for an indoor swimming centre to support many uses and services, including learn to swim, lap swimming and fitness, swim squad/training, recreational and social use, school activities, learn to scuba-dive, tourism and more.
There is also a great need for hydrotherapy services for the elderly, people suffering from chronic conditions such as lymphedema, fibromyalgia or arthritis, as well as those with disabilities, or undergoing rehabilitation, post-trauma, operation, or stroke.
A Professional Business Plan and Pool Design documents were put together in 2003.
After many meetings with the KI Council of the time, as well as ministerial deputations, the outcome was that the KI Council supported the idea of the indoor swimming centre.
But it would be unable to support the annual financial deficit created from the running of the pool.
Being a smaller community, the KI Community Indoor Swimming Centre would run at a loss - as do many community pools.
Therefore, we as a community need to source one or two willing and able financial benefactors, who would commit to supporting the total annual deficit of about $200,000 a year by donating to the cause on an ongoing annual basis.
The building of the pool itself can be funded through grants.
"We have many interested community members asking: 'What is happening?' But we need community members to now come forward and get active to make this swimming pool a reality.
"This project cannot be a one-man band, we need your help."
About $26,000 has been raised so far for the swim centre and people continue to contribute in small amounts.
This money is held in a term deposit under the banner of the Community Indoor Swimming Centre Incorporated.
If the Kangaroo Island Community Indoor Swimming Centre Incorporated was to be wound-up, these funds would be disposed of in keeping with the Rules of the Incorporated Association.
The committee believes this would be hugely disappointing after all the time and effort dedicated to this cause.
"An AGM will soon elect new committee members. More work can then be done to source and secure potential financial benefactors to support the pool's annual deficit. This will help drive the project forward at a faster rate.
"Once sourced - and only then - we can approach the KI Council with updated business plans and application for land and development approval.
"The establishment of the Kangaroo Island Community Indoor Swimming Centre is in your hands. Together, we can make it happen."
If you feel you can support the cause - as a committee member, benefactor, or with new Information - please email Trish van der Linden or Deb Laver at firstname.lastname@example.org