Remembrance Day at Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park

Tributes left yesterday for Remembrance Day at Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park.
Tributes left yesterday for Remembrance Day at Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park.

Members of the Save Carss Park Pool group commemorated Remembrance Day with a minute's silence at 11am yesterday, November 11 at the Kogarah War Memorial Pool, Carss Park.

There were also a number of other people who had come down to the War Memorial Pool area knowing it to be a war memorial and who joined the group in the commemoration.

"Community members believe that it is important to acknowledge our fallen, past and present service personnel and to commemorate the commitment and sacrifice they made for our country," Natalie Mort from the Save Carss Park Pool group said.

"They made sacrifices for which we are hugely indebted as we enjoy the freedoms that we often take for granted that they fought so valiantly for," she said.

"The Kogarah War Memorial Pool is a fitting location and place for remembrance.

"The pool was opened in 1965 with the financial assistance of the Kogarah RSL and a community group that worked very hard raising funds to contribute to the construction of the pool. The pool was dedicated to former and present Australian service people.

"It is with great sadness that we now see the signs for a development application submitted by our own Georges River Council to gain approval for the destruction and demolition of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool.

"This Council has not given enough thought to the community that sees this pool for what it is - a place of commemoration, a place of meeting and as a social outlet for people. Before it was closed, the pool was the heart of the community for many local residents who dedicated time every day to visit and meet up with friends to exercise and have social contact with and, for those needing rehabilitation, to use it as a therapy pool.

"This Council wonders why the community is outraged with the decision to close and demolish the pool.

"The Council, through its own website is promoting awareness of mental illness and loneliness but has taken away the very outlet many of these people relied on to alleviate the stresses of loneliness by visiting the Kogarah War Memorial Pool.

'We still hold the hope that Council will see sense and rebuild the Kogarah War Memorial Pool on the current Site," Ms Mort said.