Lismore Lake Pool.
Lismore Lake Pool.

Lake pool's chances drying up

On Australia Day Tanya Bull and Tammie Moss wanted to take their children for a swim to beat the heat.

Tanya, who lives in Goonellabah, first went to the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, where Lismore City Council was hosting the official Australia Day celebrations.

“It was bedlam,” Tanya said.

So she packed her family in the car and drove down the hill to the Lismore Lake Pool.

“It’s free and it’s great,” she said. “It would have cost about $30 to go to GSAC and we can come here and have a good time and swim.”

Tammie said she had been to the lake pool several times.

“It’s great for all ages, the younger kids can go in the shallow parts. With the Memorial Baths there’s no in-between; there’s the little pool but the next pool up my youngest can’t even stand up in,” she said.

The lake pool will close on February 8, with a report to be presented to Council on its future. At last year’s June Council meeting staff recommended closing the pool, due to increasing maintenance and upkeep costs. In the budget meeting it was decided to open the pool for December and January.

“Everyone here is having a great time – there’s a lot of young kids, and young families and I’d love to see the pool stay open,” Tammie said.

“We’d love to come here more often,” Tanya added. “It’s just everyday Australians having fun and something you can do for free.”


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