Fam­ily takes plunge as com­mu­nity pool opens

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

THE sun may not have been shin­ing as the Mt Druitt Pool re­opened for the swim sea­son but it didn’t stop the McAn­drew fam­ily from jump­ing in.

“We are ex­tremely ex­cited and grate­ful the pool is open,” San­dra McAn­drew said. “The kids had a good time jump­ing on the in­flat­a­bles and I had a go at the wa­ter aer­o­bics.”

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali was also there early in the day for the open­ing.

“It was a cold­ish day, so not ideal, but it was great to see it back open,” Cr Bali said.

He hopes the weather is warm when the com­mu­nity gath­ers to celebrate the pool’s 40th birth­day with a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion on De­cem­ber 12.

The mile­stone al­most wasn’t reached af­ter Black­town Coun­cil de­cided not to re­open the pool for the 2013 sea­son be­cause a re­port in­di­cated it was not “fi­nan­cially vi­able”.

The com­mu­nity fought over an 18-month pe­riod to have the de­ci­sion over­turned, which saw the pool re­open to fanfare just be­fore Christ­mas.

On Satur­day, the site opened to the public for its first full swim since it was saved. The birth­day cel­e­bra­tions will in­clude mu­sic per­for­mances, a sports clinic, var­i­ous demon­stra­tions, com­mu­nity stalls and some birth­day cake.

Mt Druitt Swimming Cen­tre is on Ayres Grove. De­tails: 9625 6360.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Ge­or­gia and Ryan McAn­drew have fun at the pool’s re­open­ing on Satur­day.

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