It’s cool, shire keeps pools
TO SAY the weight of death was lifted off the shoulders of the ‘save our pool’ committees on Tuesday night would not be an exaggeration.
Although that weight might only be lifted temporarily, Colbinabbin’s Michelle Rathjen said she walked out of Campaspe Shire’s meeting relieved.
‘‘The town has definitely been abuzz. The support of Colbinabbin and the other communities has been incredible,’’ she said.
‘‘I feel relieved about the direction going forward. It was amazing to see option C— to close pools — not there.
‘‘I’m glad we have a broader framework to work with.
‘‘I think it becomes so emotional because having someone drown could be a reality, if we don’t have our pools.
‘‘I always keep thinking about my boys and it gets me going.’’
Mrs Rathjen said she knew the challenge for council was big and she understood the future wouldn’t be smooth sailing.
‘‘We know there’s going to be hard work between us and council,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s going to be hard to get a service delivery model up and running.
‘‘In his closing comments, mayor (Leigh Wilson) said in order to retain our pools it doesn’t necessary mean we have to lose another asset or service for our community.’’
Lockington’s Kris Munro said al- though the decision was positive, she was concerned.
‘‘I think it’s positive but we’re still not out of jail,’’ she said.
‘‘But I am concerned about the wording in some of the documents.
‘‘In the fine print it says this decision (to plan) is still subject to budget constraints.
‘‘We’ve had the 2016-17 season guaranteed but it’s still subject to council’s budget.
‘‘To me that sounds like it’s going to be up in the air.
‘‘We are all prepared to stand up for what needs to be done.
‘‘The reality is the day a child dies is going to be a very dark day for all of us, which is why we need to retain the pools.’’
Colbinabbin mother Heather Woodman said she was grateful for the support.
‘‘I want to work with council to ensure we have a pool in the future as well as working longer term as to how we manage the pool,’’ she said.
■ Lockington residents voiced their displeasure of the proposal in the week before council’s decision.