PUBLIC EFFORT: The Ulmarra pool as seen in a photo from a collection belonging to Fred Ellem.
PUBLIC EFFORT: The Ulmarra pool as seen in a photo from a collection belonging to Fred Ellem. CONTRIBUTED

Community gave land, raised 1000 pounds

IN AN editorial in 1960, the staff of The Daily Examiner described the effort by the Ulmarra community to build the town's pool as a notable page in the history of the Clarence.

Numerous working bees and substantial donations made it happen.

The total cost of construction was 2300 pounds with 1000 pounds coming from the community.

The remainder was put up by the Ulmarra Shire Council and the land the pool was built on was donated by a local family.

As the photo of the opening day shows, almost the entire population turned out.

On November 21, The Daily Examiner said the pool was a tribute to many.

"Swimming pools are a must in a temperate coastal climate where a surprisingly large number of youngsters enter adult life with only a token prowess of swimming and without any knowledge at all of resuscitation," a Daily Examiner editorial said.

The Member for Clarence at the time, W.R. Weiley said the development would mean children would no longer have to travel to Grafton to learn to swim.

In the early 1980s the pool was extended and again the community chipped in.

The extension cost $28,000, $14,000 of which was raised by the Ulmarra community.



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