Pool fight has just begun

COMMUNITY OPPOSITIION GROWS OVER PLAN TO CLOSE YARRUNGA POOL: Yarrunga resident Jenny Hart and her daughter Hannah don’t want to lose their pool. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

YARRUNGA residents have vowed not to sit quietly and watch their pool be shut down.

At least half a dozen questions about council’s decision to close the pool were fired at administrators at Tuesday night’s council meeting at Tarrawingee.

Council has also met with Our Lady’s Primary School principal Mark Walsh, who has spoken out against the planned closure and how it will affect students at his school and Yarrunga Primary School.

An online petition has also attracted 200 signatures.

Leading the charge is Jenny Hart, who set up the Save Yarrunga Pool Facebook page, which in a week has attracted a tick under 1000 likes.

Council plans to close the Yarrunga pool at the end of the upcoming summer, replacing it with a splash park at the adjacent Mitchell Avenue park.

It also plans to close the Olympic pool and build a new 50m pool at Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre (WISAC), as well as a new hydrotherapy pool.

Ms Hart met with council officers yesterday and told them the fight to save the pool is just beginning.

“We aim to take our campaign from social media into action,” she said.

“We’re not adverse to the whole aquatics plan in principle but not at the expense of closing both the recreational outdoor swimming facilities.”

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