It is a beautiful sunny day in Sydney, and as I am driving home from my regular swim at Carss Park War Memorial Pool I am unable to understand how Georges River Council is considering it’s closure.
I have been swimming here for 30 years and have never taken for granted how fortunate I am to live in a city and country where such beautiful landscape is available to all for our pleasure and enjoyment.
Having worked for many years in the challenging and fast moving field of IT services for the financial markets, Carss Park Pool has always been a haven of calm and tranquillity where I could go for a swim very early in the morning and prepare for the day ahead.
Further motivation for the day was provided by Dick Caine and the words of wisdom he regularly and cheerfully yelled out to his squad each morning, always challenging you to be the best person you can be.
These squads have provided Australia with many world champions over the years, and I consider myself privileged to have shared the same facility.
The pool is also a War Memorial Pool, and Carss Bush Park is an area of historical significance so I am at a loss as to why we would close down our Olympic pool and replace it with a car park.
Or is this just a step to replace it with a building of more commercial benefit to the council?
The pool is in need of investment because the council have neglected it for quite some time, and have also made no effort to promote it’s facilities to the community at large.
I implore the council to re-consider it’s decision making process.
Let’s restore the pool and surrounds to a level suitable and worthy of the wonderful location so that future generations can freely enjoy it’s many benefits.
Kim Barclay, Sans Souci