A committee is definitely the best option for the Golden Square swimming pool if the City of Greater Bendigo councillors vote to re-open it next month.
With a committee, they would be able to decide when the pool would open so that it can fully benefit the community.
This means that the pool could be opened early for people who like to swim laps but can also be open late enough for families to have a barbecue with friends on a hot summer’s night.
In recent years, when it was run by paid employees, the opening hours of the pool were significantly decreased so the pool was only open for the bare minimum of time available.
The pool was opened at 2pm on weekends and closed at 7pm, regardless of the weather, while on weekdays families couldn’t come to the pool straight after school (which finished at 3:15pm) because the pool didn’t open until after 4pm.
But by having a committee, the pool would be open for the longest time possible so that it co-ordinates with everyone.
The committee would be able to control the maintenance of the pool so that it is safe and easily accessible for all swimming and age levels.
They would be able to hire painters, contractors and other service providers to ensure that the public is getting the best facilities and they are getting done correctly.
With the committee controlling the maintenance they would be able to ensure that everything is neat, everyday.
The committee would be made up of real locals who live, work and spend their time in Golden Square, and they would communicate with residents in the area to ensure that the pool is getting used to its full potential.
They would be able to also work with local businesses in Golden Square so we could make it a community pool that involves everyone.
I know myself that my friends and family would rather spend an afternoon at a pool run by local residents who would push funds back into the community, where it is neat and tidy and it is open for a long period of time.
By doing this, we can make the Golden Square pool the “hub” of Golden Square for many years to come.