It’s cool, shire keeps pools

Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - — Tyla Har­ring­ton

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.

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