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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Pool closures back on the agenda under council administrator

A council report has found old-school municipal pools were increasingly costly and less popular. Photo: Jessica Shapiro Visits to the Wentworthville pool have plummeted by one-third within the past decade, a report found. Photo: Wolter Peeters
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“The review identifies that in the long term a council the size of Cumberland Council does not require five pools,” a council business paper said. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Visits to the Wentworthville pool have dropped by a third. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Another Sydney swimming pool could face closure after a council report found old-school municipal pools were increasingly costly and less popular.

The administrator of Cumberland Council was expected on Wednesday night to publish a review recommending the newly merged body cut one of its five swimming pools in response to rising costs and declining use.

“The review identifies that in the long term a council the size of Cumberland Council does not require five pools,” a council business paper said.

The signal from the administrator of the newly merged council comes a year after the old Holroyd council narrowly voted to keep two pools at Guildford and Wentworthville that are up to 40 years old, following a community campaign.

The old council ignored a consultants’ recommendation to merge the pools into a single aquatic centre and instead pledged to upgrade each at a cost of more than $10 million in a plan that involved taking on debt.

That work is yet to begin. But the future of the two pools and plans to redevelop a third, at Merrylands, are now likely to be reviewed by a council under the administration of the Baird government appointee Viv May.

Former Holroyd mayor Greg Cummins said: “I believe that a major issue like this should be left to when there’s an elected council and when the electorate has recourse [at the ballot box].”

Elections for Cumberland and other merged councils will not be held until next year, until which time they will be run by administrators.

A council spokesman declined to comment on the issue before it was discussed at a meeting on Wednesday night.

The newly merged council has about 220,000 residents but consultants found residents were visiting the five pools at about half the rate of benchmarks.

The review found older and busy residents showed a preference for indoor heated pools that opened year-round or “aquatic and wellness centres”.

Visits to the Wentworthville pool have plummeted by one-third within the past decade, the report found.

The issue of a possible closure comes on the heels of community backlash in a range of other councils over proposed closures in Mount Druitt and Epping.

Residents in the adjacent Parramatta Council face a wait of up to two years to rebuild a pool when an existing facility is bulldozed to make way for a major upgrade of Parramatta stadium next year.

Parramatta council is scoping an alternative site and will negotiating a split-funding deal with the state government.

The Cumberland report outlines a range of possible options for closing, merging and replacing the council’s pools.

The council has two other pools: the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, which is undergoing a major redevelopment; and Granville, its most popular and which was renovated last decade.

Holroyd council had already mounted an ambitious plan to convert the old Merrylands pool into an aquatic centre but an application for federal funding has yet to be returned.

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