Consideration being taken for an oceanside pool in Geraldton

An artists rendition of what the Geraldton Ocean Baths might look like https://www.facebook.com/GeraldtonOceanBaths/

An artists rendition of what the Geraldton Ocean Baths might look like https://www.facebook.com/GeraldtonOceanBaths/

A 3D laser light installation and an ocean pool at the Foreshore are two potential attractions to be investigated by tourism specialists to assess their viability for Geraldton.
 
The City of Greater Geraldton, in partnership with the Mid West Development Commission, are seeking tenders for specialist tourism experts to explore the feasibility of either projects and assess the potential economic tourism benefits, including increased tourist visits, length of overnight stays and local spend.
 
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said there was great potential to significantly enhance the region’s profile as a tourism destination, particularly with an iconic attraction such as a 3D laser light installation or an ocean pool.
 
“The success of the recent Triple J One Night Stand concert demonstrated the effect high value events and attractions can have on our local economy,” Mayor Van Styn explained.
 
“That event injected an estimated $1.5 million into the community, with local businesses and community groups praising the event for the amazing financial benefits.”
 
Mayor Van Styn said no decision has been made by Council on either of these projects.
 
“The prefeasibility study is part of proper due diligence so that the Council can consider the proposals on an informed basis,” the Mayor explained.
 
He said the two potential attractions were in line with the City’s strategic plan for tourism and would complement the extensive work already done along the Geraldton Foreshore.
 
“The Geraldton Foreshore has undergone significant redevelopment recently providing an iconic attraction for the local and visiting public,” Mayor Van Styn said.
 
“An ocean pool could enhance the area and be an additional tourist attraction.”
 
Mid West Development Commission Chair Murray Criddle said the prefeasibility work for both of these project concepts was essential to determine their economic viability, which will be important if external funding is to be sought.
 
“Any projects wanting to be considered for Royalties for Regions funding need to be supported by robust economic analysis and this is why these prefeasibility works are vital,” Mr Criddle said.
 
Mayor Van Styn said cost impacts on delivering and operating both projects will also need to be considered.
 
“Council are highly focused on delivering quality and cost effective services to the community,” he said.
 
“Any proposals that have the potential to increase these cost structures must be carefully considered and weighed up in terms of economic benefit they could deliver against increased cost to ratepayers.”