Residents urged to make a splash over Carss Park Pool

Show of hands: Several hundred residents attended a rally just before Australia Day to show their support the future operation of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carrs Park.
Show of hands: Several hundred residents attended a rally just before Australia Day to show their support the future operation of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carrs Park.

Residents will present at 10,300 signature petition at next Monday night's Georges River Council meeting in support of the continued operation of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park.

The future of the pool was placed in doubt in June last year when a Georges River Council report recommended its demolition at the end of the 2018/19 summer season "as the structure has reached its design life".

The report presented five options for the future use of the site with its demolition as its preferred option to be replaced by a 140 space car space and three multi-purpose sports courts.

But this would only be an "interim arrangement" until the council has determined a final use for the site.

Georges River Council's draft Open Space Strategy, currently on public exhibition until April 7, suggests a feasibility study to explore options for the location of a new district aquatic centre which may include remaining at the existing Carrs Park site, locating it to a reconfigured Jubilee Stadium, or finding another alternative site.

The signatures have collected both online and on paper petitions by the Save Carss Park Pool - Campaign and Supporters Action Group which has almost 400 members.

Councillor Kathryn Landsberry has lodged a Notice of Motion which she will speak on at Monday night's council meeting calling for the council to allocate funding in the 2019/2020 Budget to subsidise the ongoing operational costs of the pool until such time as its has been determined by the council.

The council's commitment to funding the Pool's operational costs will provide certainty to the Georges River community during finalisation of the draft Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy and the independent engineering investigation into the structural condition of the Pool, she said.

Save Carss Park Pool Action Group spokesperson Mairead O'Connor urged as many residents as possible to attend the council meeting and show their support the continued funding for the pool.

"This means it is also about securing the availability of the pool for the 2019-2020 swim season for our North Ramsgate Amateur Swim Club," Mairead said.

"If we want to continue swimming from October 2019 onwards and if we want to keep our St George swimming carnival there next year, we need to attend this meeting to show our support.

"We all know community action can help achieve outcomes desired by the community. We need to keep the pool open, if it is closed it will be difficult to maintain the momentum for our "Save Carss Park Pool" campaign."

A council report said that operational losses at the Pool in the 2017/18 financial year totalled $650,000.

The council resolved to continue to subsidise the operations of the Pool in the current (2018/19) financial year.

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