May­dena swim­ming pool closes

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

THE May­dena Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion has unan­i­mously de­cided it has no choice but to close the May­dena Swim­ming Pool due to safety con­cerns and a lack of funds.

The pool will not open this year, or any­time in the near fu­ture.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing at al­ter­na­tives for chil­dren in the town, such as a free bus to the New Nor­folk Swim­ming Pool at the week­ends, with fur­ther dis­cus­sions to be held.

Two sep­a­rate safety au­dits have been com­pleted, by the Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia and JMG En­gi­neer­ing and Plan­ning, from which the pool re­ceived a safety rat­ing of 15 per cent.

About $20,000 would be re­quired to meet ba­sic safety costs, and fur­ther funds would be re­quired to meet the full com­pli­ance costs.

Even if the as­so­ci­a­tion had the money to meet safety re­quire­ments this year, there was no guar­an­tee it could con­tinue to meet costs in the fu­ture.

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