Legal challenge over pool closure

BETTER DAYS: Attendance was high at one of the highlights of the summer for Yarrunga pool, when the Rock Pool event was held on January 15. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

ADMINISTRATIVE and legal avenues are being explored to try and save Yarrunga pool.

The Save Yarrunga Pool group is looking at prospective action in the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) or the courts to stop the Rural City of Wangaratta Council from decommissioning Yarrunga pool.

“Our group is absolutely committed to saving Yarrunga pool and we have engaged legal services to help us,” spokesperson Jenny Hart told the Wangaratta Chronicle on Friday.

Nevin Lenne Gross principal, John Suta, confirmed his legal firm had been retained by the group and will look at formal legal avenues inclusive of applications to the Supreme Court for judicial review, injunctive relief and a VCAT application.

Mrs Hart said despite several meetings with council staff and administrators, the group has been frustrated with council’s unwillingness to consider other alternatives to decommissioning the pool.

“We’ve got a number of conceptual ideas and need more time to follow these through…and we would also like to get an independent technical assessment undertaken of the pool and its condition,” she said.

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