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Stick to the
Plan for a
By Brad Lester
SOUTH Gippsland’s out-
door pools face a bright fu-
ture, after attendances rose
by 14 percent last season
compared to 2014-15.
The impressive figures stave any
possible closure of pools based on
falling attendances – a stipulation
of South Gippsland Shire Council’s
Attendances at the Mirboo North
pool would have been higher had the
pool not closed for eight days during
December due to a pipe failure be-
neath the pool.
The higher attendance has been
attributed to warmer weather during
summer, and more events and programs at the pools.
Mirboo North pool received 14,381 visitors, Ko-
rumburra 12,114, Foster 5070, Poowong 7571 and
Council’s recreation officer Ian Murphy said
Foster ’s reduced season, due to cooler weather, im-
pacted numbers there, but Cr Jeanette Harding was
impressed with the turnaround, given 4087 people
attended in 2014-15 – a drop from 6103 in 2013-14.
“The community stood up to be counted and they
should be congratulated,” she said.
The five pools received 63,000 vis-
its, including more than 10,500 visits
from school programs and carnivals.
The pools employed 38 staff, with
75 percent of them aged 18-25, and
hosted 25 events organised by the com-
munity or pool managers, the YMCA.
Out of 100 days in the season, the
Mirboo North pool was open for 75,
Foster 64, Korumburra 72 and Poo-
The reduction in the minimum
opening temperature to 25 degrees in-
creased the number of days the pools
opened but this did not have a signifi-
cant impact on attendance figures.
“On days when the forecast was
for 25 degrees, each pool generally re-
ceived up to 40 visits. This indicates a
further reduction in the opening temperature is not
required,” a council report stated.
The YMCA introduced swim and run events for
the first time, attracting more than 100 competitors.
The YMCA will continue to run the Foster, Ko-
rumburra, Mirboo North and Poowong pools, and
Carol and Ernie Bennett will continue to operate the
Operating arrangements will remain unchanged
from this season.
clear for pools
Mirboo North makes a splash
By Brad Lester
THE Friends of Mirboo North Pool last
Wednesday presented South Gippsland
Shire Council with the results of a
community survey ahead of council
announcing a new master plan for the
Group representative Fred Couper said, “Using
funding from a council community grant, we ran a sur-
vey at the start of this year which we estimated reached
more than 2000 people.
“The support for the redevelopment proposal was
overwhelming, with over 90 percent of respondents
rating it as positive.
“With the survey completed we are now looking
forward to working with the council to put together a
master plan that will take us one step closer to the final
goal, a redeveloped pool that will continue to serve the
community for generations to come.”
Council has committed $1.9 million to the redevel-
opment of the pool but Mr Couper said the total cost
would be around $3 million. He believed the com-
munity would be “instrumental” in contributing to the
Possible further stages could include a multipur-
pose community room and exercise room, and outdoor
Cr Don Hill praised the group, saying Mirboo
North had the best volunteering record of any town in
the shire, with 33 percent of residents volunteers.
Leading the way:
Shire Council mayor
Cr Bob Newton (left)
Couper of the Friends
of Mirboo North Pool
for ensuring the pool
is a successful com-
LABOR is yet to match the Coalition
Government’s pledge to spend $4.8 mil-
lion on restoring the Port Welshpool
Long Jetty, if re-elected on July 2.
Incumbent McMillan MP Russell Broadbent made
the announcement at the Long Jetty on June 14.
McMillan Labor candidate Chris Buckingham said
he and his party welcomed the Coalition announcement
as it has been 10 years since the last one.
“I am continuing to fight hard for the restoration of
the Long Jetty and will work with the community to get
a good outcome for South Gippsland,” he said.
In an email to a Long Jetty advocate, Mr Bucking-
ham said he had been raising awareness and engaging
the community in one final push to get a commitment
from the Federal Government.
“This has occurred. I am very much aware what it
will mean for the community if I can secure a commit-
ment from Labor,” he said.
“I am not yet in a position to match the election
commitment, but I am actively making the case with
“Rest assured whatever the outcome over the next
few weeks I will continue to be a staunch advocate for
the restoration of the Long Jetty.”
The Long Jetty’s restoration is expected to cost
around $11 million, with $5 million already commit-
ted by the State Government, and $1 million by South
Gippsland Shire Council.
Labor yet to fund jetty
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