Dive into fundraiser

THEY'RE determined to get a pool for the Iluka community and they won't stop until the job's done.

The Iluka Pool and Sports Association (IPSA) has a small band of dedicated members working to get their town a much-needed community pool and sports centre.

IPSA treasurer Karen Gaudoin said Iluka may be girt by sea and river but the town desperately needed a public pool.

"There's nowhere for the kids to learn to swim; and for a place that's surrounded by water, that's ridiculous," she said.

"They can't learn to swim in the ocean and the river is sometimes not suitable to swim in either.

"And, the older people living in Iluka have to go over to Maclean at present to have their therapy."

Before a pool is built, however, IPSA is working on establishing a sports centre which will include a practice/match play area, change rooms, a canteen and office area.

"We've got a lot of sports clubs in Iluka and if we have foul weather, like we had last year and this year, they don't get to play or train," Ms Gaudoin said.

"The cricket and footy players could use it; the netball players would use it - hopefully everyone could use it."

Ms Gaudoin said things were progressing well.

"We're at the stage now where we're talking with council about where to place it," she said.

"We've also got two separate architects drawing up plans for us free of charge and our website is starting to be developed.

"We've got our AGM in October; and after that I think it's all systems ahead with getting it going well."

This Saturday between 10am and 2pm, IPSA will hold a market fair and fun day at Ken Leeson Oval in Iluka to raise funds for the pool and sports centre.

As well as market stalls, there will be fairground rides, a petting zoo, Steve the snake man, showbags and food and entertainment.

There will also be sporting games, such as an AFL handball game and a mini putt-putt competition, for some added fun.

"Phil at the school is making a pretend pool, because we don't have a real one, so that we can have pool games as well," she said.

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