The fight to save Mount Druitt pool had a minor victory on Wednesday night.
In front of a packed public gallery, Blacktown Labor councillors voted to support a motion to stop the rezoning process and open the pool for the 2013-14 summer.
The motion also called for a report looking at the financial and social implications of closing the pool and to create a community management committee to promote the facility and propose activities such as film nights.
Councillors heard from resident Kerri Bradbury, who said some local schools will be forced to only send their best swimmers to carnivals because of transport costs.
‘‘The pool’s social and health benefits shouldn’t be underestimated,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve heard from a Mount Druitt teacher who’s a swim school organiser. Parents will go from paying nothing to forking out $50 for transport. It’s a big problem for parents on low incomes. Not every family can afford private lessons.’’
The pool saga is likely to continue in the coming weeks with a rescission motion expected.
Three Liberal councillors were absent from the meeting, which gave Labor councillors a rare majority vote.
Mayor Len Robinson said a rescission was possible.
Meanwhile, security will be stepped up at the pool until the matter is resolved following the removal and demolition of toilet amenities, taps and play equipment at the site.
Council officers told councillors that the recent activity on the site was vandalism.
Full story in next week’s edition of the St Marys-Mount Druitt Star.
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