Cel­e­bra­tions make a splash

POOL VENUE HON­OURS ITS 40TH BIRTH­DAY

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

MT DRUITT Pool’s 40th birth­day party went off with a splash.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali hap­pily dived in for a swim, clock­ing up six laps dur­ing the swim-athon.

He said the day was a great suc­cess with many peo­ple turn­ing up to cel­e­brate.

“It was a great day with a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere,” Cr Bali said. It is the mile­stone that al­most didn’t hap­pen when Black­town Coun­cil de­cided not to re­open the pool for the 2013 swim sea­son be­cause a re­port in­di­cated it was not “fi­nan­cially vi­able”. The com­mu­nity fought hard for 18 months to have the de­ci­sion over­turned late last year. Cr Bali said while it could have been han­dled dif­fer­ently, it was time to change our per­spec­tive and not dwell on the fact the pool was al­most closed by the pre­vi­ous coun­cil.

He said the clo­sure with­out con­sul­ta­tion woke the com­mu­nity up and drove the new coun­cil he leads to “re­visit ways of do­ing things bet­ter”.

The cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day in­cluded mu­sic, a sports clinic, var­i­ous demon­stra­tions, com­mu­nity stalls, a Li­ons Club bar­be­cue and an amaz­ing birth­day cake.

Mt Druitt Swim­ming Cen­tre is on Ayres Grove.

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