We won’t take pool’s closure

Resident fears what alternative may bring
STILL FIGHTING: Richard Rhodes, a lifeguard of 23 years, is calling on council to explore options to keep Yarrunga Pool open next summer and beyond. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

A FORMER lifeguard of 23 years has condemned the decision by council to close Yarrunga Pool and has made an 11th hour call for its reconsideration.

Yarrunga resident Richard Rhodes fears that youth will turn to swimming in the Ovens River as an alternative once the pool turnstile stops for the last time next Monday.

“I have also spoken to many of the young people who use the pool frequently and they have made it clear that they will not use a splash pool, neither will they use the Barr Reserve or Olympic as these are programed and/or populated by lap swimmers and they don’t provide room to just have fun,” he said.

“They will ride their bikes to the river.

“Years of research and statistics have shown that increased river use constitutes increased drownings and spinal injury from diving from banks, rope swings, currents and debris, jumping from bridges and generally being in an uncontrolled environment.”

Council has said the Yarrunga Pool is losing tens of thousands of dollars per annum due to leakage, but Mr Rhodes questions this.

“The assessment on damage and the cost of repair to this pool has not been done properly,” he said.

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