Pool report set for release

THE highly controversial report into Griffith’s swimming pool complex will be released to the public in just over a fortnight.

Councillors held a private meeting Tuesday night to discuss the results from an external audit into the Griffith Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and put together a potential plan of action.

In early February, council received the report but initially opted the keep it confidential in the hope of dealing with the issue of stemming losses close to $1 million in-house.

But public backlash has prompted the release of the report much sooner than anticipated.

Councillors met this week to discuss suggested resolutions for the report and will put it to council a fortnight from Tuesday.

Mayor John Dal Broi said there was not enough time to put the report on next week’s agenda, otherwise council would have.

“We are going to council with recommendations going forward,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“Council has formulated a position in regards to what it thinks should happen with the pool, following the report from the consultation.

After the council meeting, the full report will be released to the public for viewing and submissions.

Cr Dal Broi urged anyone with any concerns or positive feedback regarding the pool to view the report, once it was released, and have their input into its future.

“We will be seeking community input,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“Then we will look at whether we can affect some savings in the long run.”

Council general manager Brett Stonestreet had wanted to wait until the decisions were drafted into next year’s budget – at the end of May – before the report was released, but has acquiesced to keeping rate payers in the loop.

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