New vote on Lismore Lake Pool

IF ANY of Lismore’s councillors have second thoughts about voting to reopen Lismore Lake Pool at Tuesday’s general meeting, Jenny Hutchison will be there to set them straight.

The South Lismore resident fought a hard campaign last year to save the pool, which had been slated for closure because of its age and ongoing problems.

However, council staff at a workshop this week announced they would recommend councillors overturn their decision and reopen the pool this coming summer.

Deputy Mayor Isaac Smith has said the change of tune, which will go to a formal council vote on Tuesday, was based on the level of community support for the pool and the fact that, so far, the only thing that needed any serious work done to it was the pump.

He said keeping the pool open would also be a cheaper option for the council – costing about $30,000 compared to $150,000 to $200,000 to rip it up and replace it with turf.

An excited Ms Hutchison yesterday started jumping in with praise for the council, describing it as ‘progressive’ and prepared to listen to the city’s residents.

That said, she wasn’t taking any risks and would be at the Goonellabah council chambers on Tuesday night to address the council.

Cr Smith had said the plan from the workshop was to keep the pool going ‘until it pops’ and then close it.

However, Ms Hutchison said she wanted the council to start fixing it up ‘little by little’ so it wouldn’t strain the budget.

Ultimately, she wanted the council to invest in turning the lake pool precinct into a recreation area, with things like a cycling track and sports facilities.

“If you put simple things like a volleyball court and tracks for kids to cycle on it would be heaven out there,” she said.

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