Rob dives into 40th fes­tiv­i­ties

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

PLANS are un­der way to celebrate Mt Druitt Pool’s 40th birth­day with cel­e­bra­tions set to stretch through­out the next swim sea­son.

Get­ting into the spirit early was Wha­lan res­i­dent Rob Buck­well, who has closely fol­lowed the cam­paign to save the pool.

Public pres­sure forced Black­town Coun­cil to re­open the pool for a trial sea­son af­ter it was shut for 18 months for not be­ing “fi­nan­cially vi­able”.

Mr Buck­well re­calls a sim­i­lar cam­paign he led to build sup­port for the pool at its in­cep­tion.

While serv­ing on Black­town Coun­cil be­tween 1974 and 1977 as an al­der­man (now known as coun­cil­lor), Mr Buck­well made it his mis­sion to con­vince the coun­cil to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity of the pool gifted by the state gov­ern­ment.

The pool will re­open on Septem­ber 19 and a big birth­day bash will be held in De­cem­ber.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali has called on res­i­dents to send in their old photos and sto­ries re­lated to the pop­u­lar swimming cen­tre.

Sub­mis­sions will be turned into art­works that will go on dis­play at the pool en­trance.

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