Howls of protest greeted the announcement. No public consultation, too expensive, in the wrong place, no money left for any other sporting facilities. Even council poodle Raj Patel (who has yet to file a campaign disclosure with the Electoral Commission) attacked Manning for the lack of transparency. Not one $buck of state or federal money went into the project. They both have put money into Townsville swimming facilities.
The Tobruk Pool was the first (and last) test of Bob Manning's "Public-
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Then the contract was given to Adco, a contractor with a history of pool construction failure instead of a local trade consortium.
Council insiders are now all abuzz with word that the pool has one major problem: IT DOESN'T MEET FINA (International Swimming Federation) STANDARDS FOR OLYMPIC SWIMMING EVENTS!
Why? It's been said to be almost 200mm too short, with different lengths in each of the 10 lanes! So the pool isn't just short, it's not square. Close enough?
FINA CAN approve sanctioned events in a pool if the length is non-compliant. However FINA does NOT approve sanctioned events if the design "materially interferes with the competition". And a non-square pool with different lane lengths is deemed such material interference. FINA Standards are available for your perusal HERE.
In short - our "world class" $23M+ swimming pool is unable to be used for "world class" events!
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!
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And it's even more unclear what Council is planning to do about this major failure.