Pool report will be released next month: Council

COUNCIL has reversed its decision to suppress a potentially damning report into the Griffith pool.

General manager Brett Stonestreet had initially suggested the report compiled from an audit into the Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre should be kept secret until May because it contained sensitive financial information relating to third parties.

Mayor John Dal Broi, who wanted the report released immediately, has compromised by agreeing to disclose the report in its entirety next month, but only after councillors have had time to decide on a recommendation.

After lobbying from community groups, which argued the rate-payer funded audit concerned a rate-payer funded facility, the release has been expedited.

"I have had repeated requests from the Griffith Business Chamber and the swimming club to release the audit report immediately, but I want councillors to entertain the various options without pressure from the community," Cr Dal Broi said.

"Once councillors come up with draft recommendations, I will release those recommendations and the full report to the public.

"Once we get the comments from the community, then we'll go ahead and make a final decision, cost it and include it in the budget in May.

"This is the best option for the council and the community, as it takes the pressure of councillors to choose the best recommendation and the report will be released without being altered some time next month."

Cr Dal Broi said some of the suggestions to stem close to $1 million in losses incurred each year since the centre opened would require additional spending.

Griffith Business Chamber's Paul Pierotti was pleased with the decision to increase transparency.

"It is very promising that there has been a change in attitude from the Griffith City Council," Mr Pierotti said.

"We now have a full commitment to have proper consultation and recognition that this community facility needs community involvement.

"It is clear the pool needs to include families and recreation as well as just sport."


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