Torn down stage
I completely agree with councillor Inglis's statement to the NDL published on July 6 about the way the performance stage in Bi-Centennial Park was demolished without, in my opinion, adequate consultation with shareholders.
While seven of the nine Tamworth Regional Council's councillors voted for a tax on businesses in the the city's CBD in order to attract visitation to the city and its entertainment facilities during the Country Music Festival, the TRC proceeded to demolish one of the city's most important stages utilised during the Country Music Festival.
This reckless and thoughtless demolition of one of city's most important facilities affects many other organisations which used that stage regularly during the year for other public entertainments.
The TRC refused to properly maintain that building for a period of at least a decade and in the end it was battered and shattered and became an eyesore and an Occupational health and Safety hazard due their disregard for the facility and the dangerous entrance to it. Do these people know what they're doing? I doubt it.
Tamworth Regional Council's Maintenance and Strategy for City's Pools
Reference is made to the comments attributed to Councillor Inglis by the NDL on the 26 June.
Councillor Inglis expressed concern that $119,417 had been allocated for maintenance of all of the six pools in the TRC region.
Councillor Inglis then commented the TRC audit and risk committee members were '... quite surprised at how bad some of the infrastructure was...'.
It is apparent that inadequate regular maintenance has been completed on either town pool for some time.
The TRRRA has previously submitted that the TRC own dilapidation reports state that spending $450,000 at Tamworth Olympic pool and $700,000 at the Scully pool would extend their life by more than ten years.
It is an error to say that the town pools need $37 million spent on them, and to say so is at variance with the facts.
Given the uncertainty about funding for the Aquatic Centre, especially given the other local projects that currently must have a higher priority on call for public funding, in particular ensuring a secure water supply, substantive action must be taken to do adequate maintenance on both town pools.
TRC appears not to have an asset maintenance plan for the town pools, or if there is one, it is not being complied with.
It is difficult to escape the conclusion that TRC behaviour is to deliberately run down the pools to such a state that they will be unable to be reopened for public use in the warmer months, once the drought has passed.