IN view of a recent survey that indicated Midland is the fastest-growing centre in this region, perhaps it is time for Swan City to progress into the 21st century.
The existing recreational and aquatic centre was built three decades ago. Even then it was the “el cheapo” version – not a full-sized pool, unlined basketball courts – the list goes on.
In a time when exercise is seriously advocated and encouraged both for the young right up to the not so young, the basketball courts are, in a word, deplorable. They are boiling in summer and freezing in winter.
The exterior of the centre is woeful. Swan’s idea of landscaping is to dump a load of woodchips in the car park area and the dysfunctional reticulation waters the bitumen as well as the tired strips of lawn (a virtual lake on occasions).
Perhaps a trip to Bayswater Waves or Riverton Leisureplex should be a required visit and give Swan some ideas.
The improvements in the area have been many, but they have taken a lifetime. It’s time an investment in the welfare of the people of Midland and surrounding suburbs becomes a reality.
Surely we deserve better, especially when the area is being touted as being progressive.