THE future of the Long Gully pool will be discussed at a public meeting on February 25.
Four members of the public asked councillors questions about local pools at last night’s council meeting and expressed concern about the Long Gully pool’s closure.
One person said residents needed a pool to teach people to swim and stop drownings and to fight obesity, and another said the pool needed to be retained.
A petition with 1258 signatures calling for a halt to the pool’s closure and requesting a meeting was tabled at the session.
City of Greater Bendigo director community wellbeing Pauline Gordon said councillors were preparing a response to community concerns over the closure of the Long Gully and Golden Square pools for the next council meeting.
Mayor Lisa Ruffell said the council was listening to community concerns and that a report on the pools was being created.
“We don’t take this lightly,” she said. “We’re waiting for the report... let’s wait for the report to come back.”
Cr Peter Cox said the closure and the creation of a splash park in Long Gully would be discussed at the meeting on February 25.
Council recreation manager Patrick Jess said an engineer had found the Long Gully pool was beyond repair and that there was strong support for a water play space at the Long Gully reserve.