POOL REVIEW HOLDS WATER
MAYOR SAYS CENTRE WILL REOPEN AFTER VISITOR NUMBERS TELL THE STORY
MT DRUITT Pool supporters are celebrating after a review revealed vistor numbers to the centre has soared by 30 people a day, on average, and the community hub will reopen this summer.
The results justify the outcry which led to a trial reopening after the pool was shut for not being “financially viable”.
The review will be considered by Blacktown Council when it meets tonight.
Mayor Stephen Bali said he had no doubt the pool would be back next season.
BLACKTOWN Council is expected to pass recommendations to invest in the future of Mt Druitt Pool when it meets tonight.
Despite missing out on crucial revenue with a late opening in 2014, a review of the swimming hub found visitation was up by an average of 30 people a day in the 2014-15 season compared with the previous season.
The results serve to justify the community campaign that made the council reopen the pool for a trial season after it was shut for 18 months for not being “financially viable”.
Mayor Stephen Bali said Mt Druitt Pool “is coming back” for this summer period.
He said the review passed through the committee meeting last week without any concerns raised, and he expected a similar result when voted on by councillors tonight.
“Overall, no one is opposed to the pool continuing, I’ve spoken to council colleagues on all sides and the general consensus is it’s coming back,” Cr Bali said.
He said, given the demonstration of public support for the pool, councillors now needed to invest in its future.
“There have been a number of recommendations made and now we have to manage that to ensure it continues to improve,” Cr Bali said. “We need to look at things like extending learnto-swim schools and the schools’ take-up of swimming carnivals.”
He said streamlining the operation of all of the council’s five pools under one control had already improved the efficiency of pool management.
“Now if a family go to enrol in a swim school at Stanhope and the time they want isn’t available, but there is a vacancy at Mt Druitt Pool, staff can see that and give them the option to go there,” Cr Bali said.
Passionate pool campaigner Kerri Bradbury described the result as “very heartening”. “It’s a positive result for our community and for our kids,” Ms Bradbury said. “I’m glad I was persistent and so were many other residents.”
She said she and other residents would meet with the council next week to share ideas before the next season.
The pool has been saved just in time to celebrate its 40th year in operation this summer.
Mt Druitt residents will be able to enjoy splashing around in the pool this summer.