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Renewed push to re-open free Lismore pool

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A Lismore City councillor has announced his intention to move a notice of motion to re-open the ‘Lake Pool’ in Lismore.

The Lismore Lake Pool is a sorry sight these days.

The Lake Pool, located on the road to Casino on the outskirts of Lismore, used to be a popular swimming and picnicking spot for families.

But it has sat neglected for a number of years, and the council has earmarked it for demolition during the next financial year.

A concept design of the Lismore Lake Pool precinct presented to councillors in March last year. (supplied)

Cr Greg Bennett has lodged a motion calling for the pool to be saved.

Costs associated with reopening the Lismore Lake Pool, as presented to councillors in March last year (supplied)

‘It looks like a few more  councillors now support a reopening of the Lake Pool so there is some prospect that it may get the numbers,’ Cr Bennett said in a social media post.

‘This might be the last chance for the Pool as it is due to be demolished next financial year.’

In. his motion, Cr Bennett wants the council commit to saving the pool and restoring it to be used a free facility.

He wants the restoration completed ‘in the most cost effective manner possible and to the minimum standard required’.

‘Items which are not absolutely necessary like the chemical storage shed shall be excluded.’

He also wants the council to investigate outsourcing ongoing maintenance of the pool as a cost saving measure and to seek grants to fund all or part of the restoration.

To pay its portion of the restoration, Cr Bennett said the council could use surpluses, assess sales or in-kind contributions, but not new borrowings.

Lifeguards should only be considered if council’s insurer is unwilling to underwrite the activity or standards require them,’ he said.

Lismore already has three pools – the Lismore Memorial Baths, the Goonellebah Sports and Aqautic Centre, and the pool at Southern Cross University – however none of them are free.

The only free pool in the Lismore City council area is located at Nimbin.

The council will discuss the motion at its first meeting in February.


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  1. Good on you Councillor Bennett,

    LCC and their cronies deliberately allowed the Lakeside Pool to be run down turning it into a health hazard and requiring restoring etc.

    Sort of an asset stripping exercise a la Trump enterprises or closer to home what the NSW Govt did to the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line,

    Be so nice for families etc to have the pool back.

    Council excuse of no money is pretty pathetic considering they are propping up the North Lismore Plateau developers to the tune of 22 million plus dollars, millions already being spent, even though there is no development approval yet , and opponents vowing to tie up the project for years in costly litigation.

    Notwithstanding the poisoning the water supply with Fluoride to the tune of half a million a year plus all the infrastructure etc add a further 5 million over the last two years.

  2. Lismore lake pool was such a well used and much loved pool when it was open. I remember lots of families from all walks of life using and enjoying this great community asset. It’s round shape, shallow depth and spacious natural setting makes it very child and family friendly and of course it was free making it accessible to everyone in the community. It was a great space for recreation, and a community meeting place. This community asset is much loved and needs to stay and wouldn’t be a high cost to maintain and run. Interested members of the community could form a group that could help maintain and auspice the pool (as with the very popular Nimbin pool) so that it could remain open. Let’s keep it open and keep it free!!!


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