Hallett Cove Seaside Pool – Concept Plans Revealed

Concept plans revealed for a seaside pool at Hallett Cove

The City of Marion released concept designs in June 2023 for an unfunded proposal for a seaside pool at Hallett Cove – for both a 50m option and a 25m option – at a cost of $10.3 million and $9 million respectively.

Council will also ask the community if they would prefer no pool at the cove, with ongoing management of the existing reserve embankment to address identified climate change impacts from coastal erosion.

Building a seaside pool at the popular beach as part of coastal erosion management was canvassed by the community through a petition several years ago.

Since then, Council has partnered with the State Government to commission a feasibility study and then, in the past year, to do some community consultation and concept designs.

The final concept designs were presented to Councillors at a General Council Meeting and will go out for public consultation in early July 2023 for four weeks.

“A report on that consultation will come back to Council in September 2023 and we’ll decide what steps – if any – we take then,” Mayor of Marion Kris Hanna said.

“It’s important to note that this is an unfunded project and just a concept at this stage.

“It is not in the City of Marion’s budget or our 4-Year Business Plan.

“A project like this would need funding from State and/or Federal Governments to go ahead.

“Council put in another $28,000 on top of the $70,000 originally budgeted for the concepts so we could get some designs and costings for the 25m option as well.

“We also want the community to consider whether building no pool is their preferred option, with just management of the reserve embankment in response to coastal erosion.”

A report on the concept designs states that a 50m pool would cost about $10.3 million to build, based on current prices with contingencies, and more than $200,000 a year to maintain and operate.

Both pool designs also include a 20m x 20m children’s wading pool.

“There’s a lot of detail in these concept designs, including traffic engineering and parking,” Mayor Hanna said.

“I encourage the community to log onto our Making Marion website, take a look at the designs and tell us what you think during the public consultation process.”

Concept Images: Artist impression of proposed 50m seaside pool at Hallett Cove. Nicole Larkin Design Architect.

August 2022

Hallett Cove Seaside Pool – Have Your Say

A community campaign to build a ‘sea pool’ at Hallett Cove was initiated by a local resident in 2018, receiving high levels of interest from locals and others in greater Adelaide. In response to the interest, City of Marion council agreed to an offer from the former Minister for Environment & Water to partner on a study to assess the technical feasibility of a sea pool.  Due to the structure of the Hallett Cove coastline a ‘sea pool’ is not a feasible option. Recommendations are to explore concepts for a ‘Seaside Pool’ which would be a seawater-filled pool extending above the waterline.

The feasibility study in 2019 confirmed that Hallett Cove beach would require future protection from coastal erosion (e.g. a sea wall) and this protective structure could be feasibly designed to incorporate a seawater swimming pool.

Marion Council has not yet committed to building a seaside swimming pool at Hallett Cove. They are aware, however, of the high levels of community interest in the idea. Community feedback is critical to the direction of this project.

They want to understand the views and interest of the community in building a recreational public swimming facility in a location where swimming is normally unappealing.

You can take part in the short survey HERE. The closing date for submissions is 5pm 15 August 2022.

If you wish to complete a paper survey or require assistance, please call customer service on 8375 6600 or email communityengagement@marion.sa.gov.au



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