Dear Beagle Editor STATEMENT FROM Fight for Batemans Bay’s 50m Pool 10th November 2016 It has come to our attention that some community members are not aware that Mackay Park Precinct Re Development includes hydrotherapy, learn to swim, splash park, water slide, leisure and lap pool water bodies which we support wholeheartedly. What we do not support is the replacement of a 50 metre pool with a 25 metre pool. Our community needs a 50 metre pool. We do not need a 25 metre pool that will limit access to all pool user groups. We refute ongoing claims by Council’s that they have conducted a proper process with the community during consultation for the Mackay Park Precinct re-development. Council’s 187 responses from the community to support the 25 metre pool is highly questionable. Firstly to our knowledge these responses were in relation to Expressions of Interest regarding the development of the ‘bowling club’ site – not the swimming complex. Secondly, when letters were sent to the Batemans Bay Swimming Club and local schools by Council for a request for endorsement of the Aquatic centre, the Swimming Club and schools were not informed beforehand that a 25 metre pool would replace the 50 metre pool. For many this information was not discovered until the weeks leading up to the Extraordinary Council meeting on August 29th. Maureen Searson, Coral Anderson, Peter Coggan Fight for Batemans Bays 50m Pool @fightforthe50 Pack the Pool
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