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Wednesday, 21 February 2018



Golden Square Pool

Tonight the Councillors at the City of Greater Bendigo will vote on a recommendation to close the Golden Square Pool.

On behalf of the Golden Square Community – many who have written or contacted their local Councillors and I - including over 100 school students from Golden Square Primary School, and the many thousands of people who use this facility, I implore the Council to keep this facility open.

The Golden Square Pool recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary- and it is a remarkable history.

In 2013 when the pool faced closure, the community fought hard to keep it open. Hundreds of volunteer hours went into bringing it up to standard, thousands of dollars raised and a Committee formed to run the facility. Due to the perseverance, passion and determination of the community the pool has remained open and successful.

Its success since then is evident; volunteers continue to be lifesavers and run the kiosk, 66,000 people have been through the gate in five years. It has hosted swimming events, entertainment events, kids birthday parties, and New Year’s Eve celebrations just to name a few.

Our community is facing significant challenges when it comes to chronic disease. We have an aging population, high obesity and diabetes rates, high heart attack and cancer rates. To address these health issues we need more facilities like the Golden Square pool not less.

While the new Kangaroo Flat Aquatic and Well Being Centre will be a great facility for our community, I do not believe it should be one or the other.

Both facilities are needed to accommodate our growing population and to ensure that people have access to facilities that promote good health, exercise and importantly fun, family and community cohesion.

I urge the City of Greater Bendigo Councillors to keep the Golden Square pool open.



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