Invitees to the official opening of The Pav in Batemans Bay were met by protestors asking "Where is the 50m pool?"
While most of the invited smiled or looked at the ground to pay particular attention to a rock the protestors were pleased to be acknowledged by an ex-mayor who gave them the "Bird".
Above: protestors circled the new facility to voice their disappointment over the previous council's failure to openly and truthfully consult with the community on the removal of the town's 50m pool
Above: two of the protestors at today's official opening of The Pav.
Speaking to members of the protest group The Beagle was told of the subterfuges, the back room decisions and the coverups, denials and actions taken by Council to make sure the community were "kept in the dark".
"Our only hope for a 50m pool in the shire is if one can be built in Broulee in coming years in conjunction with St Peter's sporting hub as the as the pool in Narooma is fast approaching its use by day and will not be replaced with a 50m because there just isn't the income needed to keep it financial".
St Peter's Anglican College received $6,157,847 as part of the federal government's Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program to create an after-hours community sporting hub on the school's land on Train St, Broulee.
The planned St Peter's Anglican College hub, still in a design stage, will see a gymnasium with two basketball courts, change rooms and a front office, replacing the front office the school lost during the bushfires.
It is hoped the facility, set to be opened in 2023, will be used for indoor soccer, volleyball, netball, basketball and sport camps during the holidays with suggestions that the walls might be lined with climbing holds and transformed into an indoor rock climbing centre.