POOLING RESOURCES: Upset locals take a stand at the Ulmarra Pool.
POOLING RESOURCES: Upset locals take a stand at the Ulmarra Pool. Jojo Newby

Public meetings will help decide fate of pools

A SERIES of public meetings will be held to decide the fate of the Valley's pools during the coming months.

Two councillors indicated at last night's meeting in Maclean they would stand against any cuts to services, but Mayor Richie Williamson said it might be time to tighten the belt.

Cr Andrew Baker also said he thought cutbacks would be a necessity.

Cr Baker said he thought the process might find the council was not as well funded as it was 20 years ago.

"We just can't afford to keep these things but if residents and ratepayers say they are happy to pay for them then that may be what happens," Cr Baker said.

But councillors Craig Howe and Jim Simmons already made up their minds.

Neither wanted to be on a council responsible for cutting services.

"I want to make my position quite clear, I am not in favour of closing any pools," Cr Simmons said.

He said the fact the community had paid for a large portion of the Ulmarra pool meant he would be unable to vote for its closure.

Cr Howe indicated last week on Facebook he would not entertain the idea of pool closures.

He said it wouldn't matter how many people went for a swim; the Valley's pools would always be costly to run.

Cr Sue Hughes said she was worried the Grafton Regional Art Gallery may also find its way onto the chopping block.

The DEX will print the meeting times and locations when they are announced.



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