Lismore council special projects and properties manager Lindsay Walker stands inside the main pool.
Lismore council special projects and properties manager Lindsay Walker stands inside the main pool.

$330,000 just added to city?s $9.6m baths bill

By NERIDA BLOK

THE $9.6 million Lismore Memorial Baths project is to receive another cash injection.

Lismore City Council voted 10-2 this week to borrow an additional $330,000, which allows it to obtain a Sustainable Regions grant of $497,100 from the Federal Government.

The money will be used for extra grandstand seating, shade structures, improved lighting, a pool divider and office facilities.

In other good news for swimmers, the pool will be filled this week and the project is now scheduled for completion by late August.

Cr Ros Irwin, who voted against borrowing additional money, said she had been concerned by the 'ever escalating cost of the complex'.

Cr Irwin said a request had been made for essential work to be carried out on the city's free pool at Lismore Lake costing about $137,000, but this had not been funded in the budget.

"When I questioned why, the response by the GM was 'we are going to close the pool so why spend money on it'," she said.

"If we can't find the $137,000 to fix that pool for children, how can we then find another few hundred thousand dollars for the Memorial Baths."

However, the council's manager for special projects, Lindsay Walker, said 'no formal decision has been made to close the Lismore pool'.

"But there is a question mark over its longevity," he said.

Mr Walker said the Lismore Lake pool had served the community well for 'far longer than it was designed to' and now faced a number of problems, including waterproofing, plumbing, pumping and supervision difficulties.

Council general manager, Paul O'Sullivan, said last night the lake pool would be opening as normal in September.



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