Crèche to close
The City Executive and Councillors have been meeting for many months formulating the new long term financial plan and drafting next year’s budget. The Council has made it clear that a large rate rise is unacceptable and continuing to run the city in a $7million deficit position is not acceptable. As a result, the City is reducing its annual operating expenses by over $3million. This is resulting in a further reduction in staff numbers and a review of all services.
The Aquarena is a key public service provided by the City. However it costs the City approximately $1million dollars a year to keep its doors open. The Aquarena needs to contribute to the required savings and hence the service delivery model for the crèche is being changed. The Aquarena crèche (as it is currently run with Council officers) will cease its services on 9th April 2016. The Aquarena will be looking at external private opportunities to facilitate this service and will be seeking expressions of interest in the near future from commercial providers and educators to continue with it's operations.
A local community group operates Jack’s Shed where newspapers are accepted free of charge for recycling. Jack’s Shed is located in the carpark of Geraldton Aquarena, Pass Street Wonthella.
Please ensure all old newspapers are placed flat and tied into bundles of no more than 20. Although used phone books and magazines are accepted, patrons are required to kindly remove all glossy inserts and/or pages (e.g. tear the cover off your old phone book before stacking with the newspapers).
Aquarena goes renewable
The Geraldton Aquarena is now heated using geothermal energy. Obtained from heat in the ground, using state of the art technology, geothermal energy is renewable and cost efficient, making our swimming pools environmentally friendly for a sustainable future.
The Aquarena's gas consumption is being reduced by up to 70 per cent per annum saving the City of Greater Geraldton around $84,000 every year.
The geothermal heating system is reducing CO2 emissions with an average annual carbon offset of approximately 108 tonnes.