City was against new pool in 2011

COOL KIDS: Having a dip in the Yarrunga Pool on Friday were (from left) Montana Jays, Cooper Harvey, Dylan, Luke, Caitlyn and Dylan Shepherd. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

THE broader community did not desire a new competition standard 50m to be built in Wangaratta just three years ago, according to a 2011 council report.

Save Yarrunga Pool’s Jenny Hart has referenced the report to the April 2011 Rural City of Wangaratta council meeting as part of her group’s ongoing campaign to keep Yarrunga Pool open.

The 2011 aquatic strategy called for the Yarrunga and Olympic pools to be retained and upgraded and rejected calls for a new 50m competition pool to be built.

It is in direct contrast to the new aquatics plan, which would see both Yarrunga and Olympic pools closed and a new competition standard 50m pool built at the Barr Reserve.

Ms Hart made the references to the 2011 report at last month’s council meeting, asking administrators to note that an aquatic strategy had been previously passed by council.

The 2011 report states: “Those that advocate for the development of a competition pool (which would include nine lanes and a warm up / cool down pool) are only considerate of the needs of a minority of the community.”

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