Pat Darling and her granddaughter Amelia Rofe.
Pat Darling and her granddaughter Amelia Rofe.

Woodburn left high and dry

Last year Pat Darling took her granddaughter Amelia Rofe swimming in the Woodburn pool every afternoon after school.

This year the pool is still closed and is not scheduled to open until Monday, November 2, after Richmond Valley Council has finally completed construction work, funded by the NSW Government as part of its community infrastructure grants program.

The pool in Coraki is also closed for the same reason.

“Richmond Valley Council had a list of things that needed to be done three weeks before the pool closed in April and they sat on it for six months,” Pat said. “It's a family pool, and we miss it. You can't swim in the river here at Woodburn because of the risk of ear, nose and throat infections, I wouldn't let my dog swim in it.

“It's a social thing for the kids too. What else do they have in Woodburn? There's not another facility for teenagers.

“And it must be affecting the ability of the people who normally manage the pool to earn a living.

“Normally this is the best looked after pool, it's pristine.”

Amelia said the learn to swim classes at her school, St Joseph's Primary School in Woodburn, had been delayed by five weeks.

Pat said, while she understood the upgrade needed to be done, Council should have organised to do it during the closed period in winter.

“If you ran a business like Council runs these pools, you'd be broke,” she said.


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