Build it and they won’t come…

Members of the public have ridiculed Whittlesea Council’s proposal for a brand new aquatic centre between Erskine Rd and Everton Dr in Mernda.

Two proposals were put forward at the council meeting last week, one with a 25m eight-lane pool and the other with NO lane pool whatsoever.

Stunned locals said not having a 50m lap pool in either of the proposals was “ridiculous” and like “having a pub with no beer”.

The rest of the money would be put to warm water pools, water play areas, teaching pools, gym, spa and a sauna.

The decision was widely mocked on social media (609 out of 850 respondents demanded a 50m pool) and also by Swimming Victoria Metro North vice president Pierre Apap.

“With a 25m pool you may as well not have a pool,” Mr Apap told the Herald Sun.

“On a hot day people would be crammed in like sardines in a can, it’s ridiculous.”

He also suggested the 50m pool would attract competition swimmers who would triple revenue.

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