Swim­mers thrown in the deep end

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

TOWNSVILLE City Coun­cil is steadily with­draw­ing ser­vices to its res­i­dents. The pool at Kir­wan High School is well worth keep­ing as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity as it pro­vides a safe and well-man­aged fa­cil­ity for lap swim­mers, swim­ming classes, fam­i­lies with small chil­dren and other peo­ple who use the pool for var­i­ous rea­sons and don’t mind pay­ing the small pre­mium for that plea­sure.

The pool that was at the Wil­lows closed six or seven years ago, and swim­mers from there moved to other pools, most to Kir­wan.

The la­goon at River­way has no mea­sured and des­ig­nated lanes for swim­ming.

The ‘‘ con­sul­ta­tion’’ process con­ducted by the coun­cil at the time of de­vel­op­ing River­way failed to ad­dress the needs of swim­mers dis­placed from the Wil­lows.

This next chap­ter in pub­lic pool ser­vice with­drawal reeks of penny pinch­ing and ar­ro­gance.

I do not think this de­ci­sion is be­ing made by wise de­ci­sion mak­ers, but by a group of elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives that has lost touch of their goals of lead­ing this city’s cit­i­zens to a healthy and safe fu­ture.

The use of the term ‘‘ pub­lic swim­ming fa­cil­ity’’ by Mr Lyons is ne­glect­ing the op­tions of many of

Park con­cerns

I WON­DER if the sup­port­ers of An­der­son Park are aware that Cr ‘‘ Less’’ has not only carved off a

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