End of era at leisure cen­tre

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

PUB­LIC ac­cess to the South Lake Leisure Cen­tre’s out­door pools and slides closed per­ma­nently last Wed­nes­day.

The City of Cock­burn will re­move the pools be­fore the 26year-old re­cre­ation cen­tre site is even­tu­ally handed over to Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment to ac­com­mo­date grow­ing numbers at Lake­land Se­nior High School.

The com­plete clo­sure of the cen­tre will co­in­cide with the open­ing of Cock­burn ARC, the $109 mil­lion re­cre­ation cen­tre be­ing built at Cock­burn Cen­tral West.

That is likely to hap­pen at the end of May.

Mar­garet Curry joined the South Lake Leisure Cen­tre in Septem­ber 1991 be­fore go­ing on to work as a part-time re­cep­tion­ist, ad­min­is­tra­tion secretary, duty man­ager and her cur­rent role as ad­min­is­tra­tion co-or­di­na­tor.

She said the clo­sure of the out­door pools and the im­mi­nent end to the fa­cil­ity as a leisure cen­tre would be a sad time for many fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity.

“The cen­tre feels like my sec­ond home,” she said.

“I would imag­ine some of our long-time mem­bers and fam­i­lies would feel the same as the cen­tre has been a huge part of their lives.”

Ms Curry will move over to Cock­burn ARC as an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer.

The South Lake Leisure Cen­tre’s in­door pools will re­main open un­til the ARC opens.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467727

Mar­garet Curry at the cen­tre.

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