Renewed calls for Yenda  pool

THERE are renewed calls for Griffith City Council to splash out and construct a swimming pool at Yenda.

Considering other outlying councils operate two pools, father of three, Gavin Raccanello questioned why Yenda can't have its own facility.

"I find it interesting that Leeton Council operates two pools (Leeton and Whitton), Narrandera Council operates two pools (Lake Talbot and Barellan) and Murrumbidgee Council operates two pools (Darlington Point and Coleambally)," Mr Raccanello said.

"They all charge around $3 per adult to get in and they are beautiful outside pools with barbecue facilities. 

"Yet Griffith City Council operates one pool, it is hot and it stinks, it's too small and you can never find a car parking spot. And they sting you $5.50. 

"It's also a financial drain on the council coffers. So build an outdoor pool at Yenda. If smaller villages can have one, why can't we."

A recent visit to the outdoor pool at Lockhart has fuelled his resolve.

"We spent two days in Lockhart at my in-laws and my kids enjoyed every moment at the Lockhart pool," he said. 

"Yenda is by no means some outback post somewhere in the Griffith City Council area.

"It is a town with a population of 1503 people, 397 families and there are 435 kids under 19 years including my three. (ABS census 2011). 

"These kids have no opportunity to go for a swim their own community. They rely on someone to drive them to Griffith. 

"Council should provide amenities for the community at Yenda too. They should apply to the government for funding. If Adelong got a new pool then surely Yenda fits the criteria."

Mr Raccanello is not the first person ever to suggest a pool be built at Yenda.

In fact in a concerted effort thousands of dollars was raised by the Yenda Pool Committee through community fundraisers in 2006 and 2007.

However the project was put on hold when the committee folded with the intention of reviving the push for a 50-metre pool in future.

Max Turner, director business, cultural and financial services said council had recently undertaken a full review by experienced external consultants into the current operations and possible future options for

aquatic facilities and management in the Griffith Local Government Area.

"Council will be considering the findings of the review in the near future," Mr Turner said.

"Any proposals for future major development will be the subject of extensive community consultation to allow the community to have their say on what and where any additional or enhanced facilities should be located."


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