Anger swelters after Nimbin Pool closure
HOT and cranky was how a group of Nimbin toddlers were left after they found Nimbin pool closed on a day when the temperature reached 35 degrees.
Deborah Woodbridge, of Nimbin, picked up her daughter Danika, 5, from preschool after work last Friday and headed straight to Nimbin Pool.
“It was a boiling hot day,” Ms Woodbridge said.
“We went to meet some friends at the pool, but when we got there it was padlocked.”
Ms Woodbridge said the pool's caretaker came over and explained there was a problem with the chlorine dispenser.
The pool had been closed since Thursday.
“The caretaker said that he had to ask people to get out of the pool on a stinking hot day,” Ms Woodbridge said.
Ms Woodbridge said she felt sorry for the pool caretaker.
“He said he had been copping the brunt of everyone's anger,” she said.
Ms Woodbridge said when the children found out they couldn't go for a swim they all began to cry.
“The pool was glistening in the sunshine; we were stinking hot, but we couldn't go in,” she said.
Ms Woodbridge said Nimbin pool needed upgrading because the surface of the pool was so rough it cut the hands and feet of the children who used it.
“Danika has had really bad cuts a few times,” she said.
Ms Woodbridge said people were reluctant to complain to Lismore Council about the state of the pool for fear the council may start charging an entry fee to pay for any work.
“It's one of the only public pools in the State that is free,” Ms Woodbridge said.
Ms Woodbridge said the pool was a key recreational facility for local children.
“The whole community uses the pool and it's important it stays free,” she said.
Executive Director of Governance and Development at Lismore City Council, Brent McAlister, said the automatic chlorinator was being repaired and a manual chlorinator would be used until it was fixed.
Mr McAlister said he was unaware of a problem with the pool's surface and said parents should report any problems to council. He said he would look into the matter.