Pool closure causes headache

SAVE Mount Druitt Pool spokeswoman Kerri Bradbury (pictured front right) has written to Blacktown Council about the effect the pool closure has had on school swimming carnivals.

Just 50 students out of a possible 764 at St Agnes's Catholic College competed at its recent school carnival at Emerton, said a parent.

The carnival was previously held at Mount Druitt, within walking distance for students.

Mrs Bradbury has heard a Catholic primary school in Marayong cancelled its carnival because it was unable to book another venue. The school held a "twilight selection session" to pick swimmers for the zone carnival.

"Where is the school spirit? There is none now," Mrs Bradbury wrote to the council. "This is not isolated. Schools are having to reconsider whether or not they have school carnivals. The encouragement to swim is non-existent."

Mrs Bradbury said other schools have held half-day carnivals because of cost or availability. She will continue fighting for the pool with plans to protest in April. Discussions have started with UWS to research the viability of reopening it next summer.

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