Katoomba pool could be filled in to save council money

Wednesday, 25 October, 2017

Katoomba looks set to be the latest public pool casualty, with locals up in arms over the Blue Mountains City Council proposal to close the 50 m outdoor pool in an effort to curb high maintenance costs.

According to the Blue Mountains Gazette, the proposal was outlined in the council’s draft Open Space and Recreation Strategic plan, which informs maintenance investment decisions and planning of the council’s recreational facilities.

Under the new proposal, Katoomba’s outdoor heated pool would be shut in 2018 and replaced with ‘outdoor training courts’, while the season at Blackheath’s 25 m pool will be extended by two months by heating the pool for six months.

The pools cost $7 million to operate annually and are subsidised by $2.91 million. Council has allocated $2.67 million for pool renewal over the next five years, but the cost to replace all failing pools is $8.56 million. The cost to replace Katoomba is estimated at $6.8 million.

Residents have vowed to fight the closure. A petition has already gathered over 2000 signatures and plans for a ‘pool swim-in’ are underway for 5 November. Council’s proposal is open to public consideration and interested parties can have their say until 6 December using this link.

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