Residents have the right to air their concerns

MEMBERS of the Save the Golden Square Swimming Pool are still disappointed after the City of Greater Bendigo decided to officially close their pool. 

And so they should be. 

Supporters of the pool have been campaigning for months to see their pool re-opened and when the decision was made to close the pool, supporters were left angry, disappointed and annoyed. 

Last night at the community meeting to decide the group’s direction, morale of the supporters was still high. 

They still think they can get their beloved pool open again. 

Newly elected president of the Save the Golden Square Swimming Pool Ken Hamilton said all avenues would be explored to ensure the pool was opened again. 

He said the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Ombudsman and a local solicitor would all be contacted. 

A recision motion put to the council also lifted the spirit of supporters. 

Councillors Elise Chapman and Peter Cox – who both voted to maintain the pool – have worked together to come up with a revised motion. 

The motion will look at whether the decision process included enough consultation with the Golden Square community. 

Residents last night believe there wasn’t enough face-to-face communication with the council and the supporters. 

I believe with any council decision there should be community engagement. 

Residents in the region should have the right to voice their opinions on any issue, whether it is the Golden Square Pool or the council’s independent review. 

If it affects you, then you should speak up.

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