Pool?s popularity dives Baths upgrade
By NERIDA BLOK firstname.lastname@example.org
THREE times a week, Julia Senn swims laps at the redeveloped Lismore Memorial Baths, but some aren't as happy with the $9.75 million aquatic centre.
The North Lismore woman says the new complex is great.
"I like it mostly because you have enough space," she said.
"I like it better than it was before."
Swimming teacher Geoff Jackson, of Numulgi, also said it was a 'good pool'. "It's great for swimming laps in," he said.
However, Lismore City councillors raised a number of community grievances during question time at the council meeting held at Clunes on Tuesday night.
Cr Jenny Dowell read out a list of complaints, including: no natural light, poor drainage in the changerooms, lack of shade and 'you can't even get a good coffee'.
"One child raised the question, what happens if a child gets stuck under the moveable boom?" she said.
Cr Vanessa Ekins said the main problem with the pool was that 'it did not meet the recreational needs of two to nine year olds'.
And during public question time, Vicky Findlay, of North Lismore, asked why the council 'does not cater for children aged five to 10 years old?'
"How does council propose to cater for children in the future?" she asked.
Mayor Merv King said it was 'a good question'.
"I have no answer, other than the pool is still open and that's an opportunity for young people to go there and enjoy the water," he said.
"We would certainly hope all children will learn to swim, but it's a good question and I want to get an answer."
Lee Barkas, of Lismore, took her four-year-old granddaughter to the baths yesterday and was disappointed there was no special pool for toddlers.
"Alyssa wants to jump in, but she can't touch the bottom," she said.
Ms Barkas also said she thought that the changerooms 'were pretty awful'.
"There's no privacy," she said.
Lap swimmer Cathie Dosba, of Jiggi, had mixed feelings.
Overall, she was 'pretty happy' with the revamped pool.
"I like the fact they have the smaller pool for cooler weather," she said. "There's no toddler pool for my three-year-old, but she likes swimming in the deep pool with me."
Baths manager Iain Jones said the lack of toddler swimming facilities was the major problem.
He said he wanted the bowling green next door for a 'beach entry pool to the depth of one metre'.
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