On Wednesday 6th December, Member for Oatley Mark Coure, held a public meeting at Peakhurst West Swimming Pool to hear from community members, local sponsors and the pool co-operative to review its current operation and suggest future improvements.
Peakhurst West Swimming Pool is operated by a co-operative made up of local community members, school P&C members and some pool hirers on a lease arrangement with Peakhurst West Public School. The pool is utilised by the local community on a private-hire basis and no public swimming is available.
The Department of Education have issued an Expression of Interest with the view of allowing the NSW Government to review the current operations and lease agreements, and to strategize alternate measures for the future.
Mr Mark Coure said, “Most of the funds needed to build the pool were raised by the local community and P&C. It has a strong, proud local history of fundraising and support, and I want to ensure that the pool remains in community hands.
“I have written to the Department of Education with my priority of Peakhurst West Swimming Pool remaining under the operation of the co-operative, sponsored by local supporters such as Club Rivers, and in community hands.
“Rose Agius, who is a well-known swimming instructor at Peakhurst West Pool, taught me how to swim many years ago and is now instructing my son, James.”
Mr Coure believes the pool co-operative, representatives from Department of Education and private pool hirers must come together to plan the future of the pool in a way that prioritises the needs of the community.
“An immediate upgrade to the pool is something I am fighting for on behalf of residents of the St George region,” Mr Coure said.
Peakhurst West Swimming Pool was opened in 1961 and, through the assistance of a government grant offered in 1978, the pool now stands heated, enclosed and extended to the current 25 meter length.