POOL BATTLE: Community prepares for take over

Ulmarra Swimming Pool Preservation Society secretary Des Flatley says the community won't give up its pool without a fight.
Ulmarra Swimming Pool Preservation Society secretary Des Flatley says the community won't give up its pool without a fight. Tim Howard

THE ULMARRA community has about six weeks to come up with a plan which will convince its owners the pool should stay open in the long term.

On Tuesday the Ulmarra Pool Preservation Association met with staff from Clarence Valley Council to nut out a future for the pool.

Association secretary Des Flatley said the meeting was fruitful and has encouraged the community to come up with a plan for the council for their next meeting on November 9.

"We've got to get back to them with a proposal by the end of October,” he said.

"They've got to have something to go work with by December.”

Mr Flatley was pleased with the work council staff had carried out at the pool prior to its opening for the summer season on Saturday.

The repairs are preparing the pool for a new liner which will fix a major water leak which has plagued the complex for years.

"The works are in preparation for the installation of the new pool liner, which will be done once the government funding for the project comes through,” Mr Flatley said.

"We'll have enough to put in the liner and do some remedial work to tidy it all up.”

In the past the council appeared to have earmarked the pool for closure and only desperate measures from the community has kept it open.

But Mr Flatley said the attitude of council staff appeared to be much more positive since the repairs have been carried out.

He said the community needed to come up with a proposal which showed what aspects of pool management it could handle and where it needed help.

"It might be in some areas there could be some training needed,” he said. "There might be some training available for people to show them how to use the chemicals and treat the water.

"We won't be able to take over the entire running of the pool. We will need have some help in some areas.

"But we're sure we will be able to save the council some money and keep the pool open for the community.”

The council's works and civil director, Troy Anderson, said the meeting with the Ulmarra pool representatives was productive and council looked forward to ongoing discussions with the community.

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