PACK THE POOL this Saturday Nov 25th

Residents wanting to ensure Batemans Bay has a 50 metre pool in its future are urged to show their support by being at the Batemans Bay pool this Saturday 25th November at 10:30am and ‘pack the pool’.

The ‘Pack the Pool’ organizers want to demonstrate just how small a 25 metre lap pool is, by packing as many people as possible into half the existing 50m pool.

Spokesperson, Andrew Belk, said while the promo is light hearted, the message behind it is serious.

“There are serious concerns by multiple stakeholders that the 25 metre pool slated for the proposed new aquatic centre is inadequate given the growth projections for this region. As well as short-changing our current generation, we are concerned that, within a short time, ratepayers will need to find the money to make costly alterations.

“We appreciate Council indicating there is potential to upgrade in the future, however, we feel a better approach would be to do our best to build that capacity now. We ask all government players to look forward boldly with vision.”

Mr Belk said the protest also represents a wider concern about the suitability of the current design for the proposed Arts and Aquatic centre.

“We are all excited by the prospects of a new facility. Unfortunately, many stakeholders who were invited to give input feel they have not been listened to. It’s vital that not only do we have a facility fit for purpose, but also the people who are likely to drive its success - the sporting groups, swim club, cultural and arts groups - have ownership.”

Saturday is the first of several peaceful protests planned for the summer. Contact can be made via the group’s Facebook page packbatemansbaypool.

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