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THE Foster community and South Gippsland Shire Council will join forces to determine the future of the town’s pool.

Council last week voted to explore options for the alternative management of the pool, now managed by the YMCA.

A budget blowout and low attendances forced council to review the pool’s future.

The pool will operate only when temperature reaches 26 degrees, the season length will be reduced and so will pool operating hours.

Any non essential expenditure at the pool will be deferred and council will review its Strategic Direction for Aquatic Facilities next financial year – two years earlier than planned.

That latter point agitated Cr Don Hill, who said council was merely trying to avoid making a decision about the pool’s future.

The final resolution was the amended motion tabled by Cr Mohya Davies.

“The pools are highly valued in our communities but council has to recognise that is pays $750,000; nearly three percent of our rates,” she said.

“Councillors felt that we needed to put the Foster community on notice that this is the situation.”

Cr Davies said the community would need to work hard to reduce costs and increase attendances.

“It’s basically a call to arms,” she said.

Cr Jeanette Harding said she felt Foster was a big enough community to devise a solution.

Cr Andrew McEwen said the pools debate proved the need for “community budgeting”, which he said entailed allocating a certain amount to communities and letting residents determine how it will be spent.

Addressing council, Foster Golf Club president Greg Cox said the pool cost too much to run and called for cheaper wages and management to be taken over by the community.

He suggested volunteers take up duties now performed by paid staff and said Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club members could work there for a small fee.

Mr Cox said a charity golf club could be held by the club to raise funds for the pool.

Dr David Iser said the pool was vital for swimming lessons and former Foster and Toora teacher David Blake agreed. He said South Gippsland Secondary College would not be able to bus students to Toora pool within the existing timetable, and said the Toora pool was too small to take the extra demand.

 

Pool campaigners: Foster residents, from left, Dr David Iser, Narelle Iser, David Blake, Linda Giddy, Greg Cox, Rose Wathen and John Wathen call for the town’s pool to stay. They are with South Gippsland Shire councillors Mohya Davies (centre) and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks (second from right).

Pool campaigners: Foster residents, from left, Dr David Iser, Narelle Iser, David Blake, Linda Giddy, Greg Cox, Rose Wathen and John Wathen call for the town’s pool to stay. They are with South Gippsland Shire councillors Mohya Davies (centre) and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks (second from right).

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