Reprieve for Golden Square Swimming Pool

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Greater Bendigo Councillors have voted against a recommendation to close the Golden Square Swimming Pool at Wednesday night’s Council meeting and have adopted an alternate motion to keep the pool open for at least the next 2 years.

Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the committee and volunteers of the Golden Square Pool were doing a great job running the pool.

“Council has deferred the closure of the pool for a two year period on the condition that Golden Square Pool Inc continue to manage the pool and have responsibility for maintaining and repairing pool infrastructure,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Council will continue to provide $50,000 in annual funding to the pool but any repairs, works or replacement due to infrastructure failure will need to be funded by Golden Square Pool Inc.

“Council will also monitor the numbers attending the Golden Square Pool over the next two swimming seasons and revisit our decision in April 2020. It’s important for us to see what impact the new Gurri Wanyaara indoor facility will have on Golden Square pool when it opens later this year.

“In the meantime the City will continue to work on a master plan for the Golden Square Recreation Reserve. The master plan project will look at a range of options including retaining the pool or replacing it with other recreational opportunities.

“Council has also called for a review of the 2010 Greater Bendigo Aquatic Facilities Strategy.”

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