Plea for pool fails to make a splash

Rescue mission: Former Mount Druitt Pool superintendent Alf Said accused Blacktown Liberal councillors of throwing a spanner in the works. He was in Europe when he heard about the pool's closure last year. Picture: Anna Warr

Rescue mission: Former Mount Druitt Pool superintendent Alf Said accused Blacktown Liberal councillors of throwing a spanner in the works. He was in Europe when he heard about the pool's closure last year. Picture: Anna Warr

NO ONE knows Mount Druitt Pool better than its former superintendent.

Alf Said worked at the pool from when it opened in 1975 until he retired in 2011.

He lived on site for 25 years as superintendent and was busy all year round, despite the pool being closed six months of the year.

The Minchinbury resident went there several days a week in retirement to swim 30 laps until it closed last year.

"This is the time I'd be booking schools for learn-to-swim programs, PE classes and school carnivals for the summer," he said.

"I could never book every school because of the demand. It was an excellent pool for carnivals because it was eight lanes, unlike Emerton which is seven lanes and unheated."

His passionate plea couldn't convince Blacktown Liberal councillors to support Labor's notice of motion at last week's meeting to ensure necessary pool works are finished in time for the 2014-5 summer.

Consultants are currently consulting the public about the pool to report back to the council.

Mr Said fears the pool won't be viable this summer if the council waits until November to decide its fate.

"It's a shame for the schools," he said.

"It was a community service for the people of Mount Druitt. It's not like a fish and chip shop that needs to be profitable. My hope now is the pool isn't destroyed."

Liberal councillor Jacqueline Donaldson said she'd seen little evidence of support to reopen the pool, being among the few attendees at earlier consultations.

She noted the charge.org petition to save the pool had just 76 signatures after one month — including Donald Duck and Flash Gordon.

"The community isn't beating down the doors for it to be reopened," she said. "People I've talked to aren't worried. They used to go to the pool but wouldn't necessarily use it now."

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