A consortium of Western Australian professionals, including developers, architects, engineers and planners with years of experience on significant projects, has proposed a floating pool and extensive deck for the Swan River in the heart of Perth city near Elizabeth Quay.
The deck would be a 100-metre long floating facility featuring a swimming pool/lagoon filled with chemical-free filtered river water, public open space and venues for events and exhibitions.
Swan River Deck director Grant Oldfield says the team has been working on the idea for a few years with the aim of leveraging the value of the Swan River.
He says that today, people are looking for a fusion of the urban environment with the natural environment.
“It’s not just about being in a city, it’s about how you experience nature in the city,” he says.
He says they have submitted the deck proposal to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Perth Water Precinct Plan for public consultation and have liaised with government and industry authorities.
The state tourism minister says that while they haven’t received a formal proposal yet, an in-river swimming pool on the city’s doorstep would add to the variety of experiences available to locals and tourists.
Oldfield urged people to visit the Swan River deck website and share their thoughts on the project.
“The key thing to emphasis at this time is that we are seeking feedback and support from the public on the proposal. Formal feedback can be submitted using a short survey at survey monkey.”