Council to keep pool dream afloat

BANGALOW'S long-awaited pool is still on the agenda, despite a recommendation from Byron Shire Council staff to withdraw council support for the project.

The recommendation followed an independent assessment of the Bangalow Pool Trust's business plan, which found the council could not afford to fund the requested portion of the pool's capital and ongoing operational costs.

At a strategic planning committee meeting this week, councillors acknowledged there was a shortfall in council funds available, but pledged to continue to work with the Bangalow Pool Trust to get the estimated $1.5 million pool and leisure centre off the ground.

It was a great relief to the president of the Bangalow Pool Trust, Peta Heeson, who said the staff recommendation would have effectively killed the pool.

It would have been a huge blow to the Bangalow community and the Trust, who have raised almost $500,000 for the pool over the past 12 years.

Ms Heeson said the pool complex, which would include a 25-metre heated pool, gym, yoga rooms and creche, was a much-needed facility in Bangalow.

The trust will continue to seek Federal Government grants to fund the project.



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