Locals vote 'yes' to keep pools open
Around 80,000 Sydney residents participated in a recent local government vote to determine public sentiment on the future of five ageing pools falling under the care of Cumberland Council. 75% of voters signalled support for continued operations at five swim centres in Auburn, Granville, Guildford, Merrylands and Wentworthville.
The Australasian Leisure Management Association says the vote is not binding, but participants were asked if they supported council spending 2.4% of rates (or around $2.15 million) on upkeep of the pools. In supporting that initiative, voters also had to agree that no further development should be done on the proposed Holroyd Regional Aquatic and Wellness Centre at the Merrylands pool site. That development proposal was introduced by the former Holroyd Council, prior to NSW local council amalgamations.
Cumberland is the result of merging parts of Auburn City, Parramatta City and Holroyd City Councils and it has been reviewing aquatic and recreational facilities since last year, with a view to developing future plans.
Only time will tell if the wishes of the people win out.
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