LETTER TO THE EDITOR.
Re article in last Wednesday’s Bay Post entitled Council cost-cutting clouds the pool.
It appears the Eurobodalla Shire Council has got it wrong again. We can confirm that the Bay pool
has been exposed to direct sunlight every year for the past 36 years since we have been using it and
after being painted nothing like this year’s disaster has ever happened. We can also confirm that the
product which was used on the pool this year took 4 days to apply and the pool was filled
immediately after that. Hardly enough time for the sun to do the damage that Warren Sharpe
We find it hard to believe that only last winter has the sun been so vicious that, whether the pool
was painted or not, the same situation would have arisen.
What was the product used to treat the pool this year? What was the cost of the product and how
much did it save council to the detriment of the many users?
Was it really worth it? What is council’s objective by not maintaining the pool properly?
Are they going to let it run down so far that it has to be closed? Are the ratepayers of Batemans Bay
going to be left without even 6 months of opportunity to pursue their various healthy activities in
the buoyant environment of the Bay pool?
Council will spend a lot of money to close down parking areas used by residents, to provide a park
for the tourists along the river bank, despite the fact that across the river is a large expanse of grass
and on the western side of the bridge there is a large expanse of grass both very rarely used (and
where does the council think the people who might use this new grassy area will park?)
Council will spend a lot of money maintaining the playing fields in Batemans Bay for the select few
who use them, but when it comes to the very large number of residents and ratepayers of Batemans
Bay who use the pool for their health and wellbeing, there is not enough money in the coffers to
paint the pool or even consider supplying a year round aquatic facility. Tourists also use the pool,
maybe council should think of the residents as tourists and we will get something done.