Republic of Moreland

January 10, 2007

Moreland pools in peril?

Filed under: Brunswick,Coburg,politics,Sydney Road — Kath @ 11:01 am

The other hot, airless day my little one and I decided to go to a public swimming pool. We looked at the Moreland City Council website and I was surprised to learn there are two public pools in Coburg. We settled on Coburg Olympic Pool in Murray Road. As ever, it was a toss between the car and public transport.

For reasons I’ll bore you with another time, we settled on the car (ahem). But on arrival, we learned the pool was closed. This was annoying: there was no notice on the Moreland website. It had told us the pool was open Monday to Friday, 11 am – 7 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 11 am – 6 pm.

We’d done our homework, and, feeling ripped off (and parents will know what hard work it is when a small child is disappointed), we trundled down congested Sydney Road to Brusnwick Baths: overcrowed but still excellent. It was just as well we hadn’t taken the tram, as a whole chunk of our day would’ve been lost.

Yesterday’s Age reported that the Coburg Olympic Pool may be endangered. Today’s Age has an editorial which says, in part:

Coburg’s 50-metre pool, along with its 25-metre diving and toddler pools, could not open for the summer because of a crack in one of the valves that has not been fixed, despite Moreland Council spending $60,000. Last summer the leak resulted in the loss of almost 6 million litres of water… the average age of the seven pools controlled by Moreland Council is 52 — more than double the age of Ian Thorpe and dating from the same period as the Melbourne Olympic Games, when the metropolitan population was half what it is now. Moreland, to its credit, is reviewing the state of its swimming pools, and a blueprint on the economics of doing so will be tabled to council next month.

What remains incontestable is the disproportion — perhaps it could be called the thin blue-chlorine line — that has long existed between the relatively small numbers of public pools in the western suburbs and the more affluent eastern suburbs that are flooded (so to speak) with them.


  1. Where I live, the Council has just about gone broke rectifying its pool situation. First there was an aged memorial pool that the public forced council to open, although they grudgingly allowed council to charge fees. Then there was a pool redevelopment contract that blew out, and there were endless other sagas. We’ve got our pools but our council might not survive!

    Seven pools is a lot for any council to handle.

    Comment by Letters — January 10, 2007 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  2. True, Letters, but are you in Victoria? Here, we’ve got mega-councils, thanks to Kennett.

    Comment by Chloe — January 10, 2007 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  3. Hmmm. Pool or Council? On days like today, I know which I’d choose.

    Comment by Bob Bygone — January 10, 2007 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  4. “As ever, it was a toss between the car and public transport.”

    Sounds a bit indiscreet. No wonder you don’t advocate dobbing on neighbours. (Next time you decide to, could you give us a hoy?)

    Comment by Neigbourhood Pervert — January 10, 2007 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  5. What the…?? Are we reduced to critising another when they decide to take their child to the pool in the family car? Give us a break NP. Actually, on second thoughts give us a lesson; what’s your regime so we can adopt you as a role model…

    Comment by leonaaardo — January 10, 2007 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  6. Oops. There’s the awkward splash of someone missing the diving board (or, in this case, the joke)…

    Comment by Bane of Malakas — January 10, 2007 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  7. Thanks for being so gallant, Leonaaardo, but I took Pervert’s joke as it was meant (in fact, I laughed out loud). “Toss”, if you’re not aware, also means “wank” (as in, “avin’ a toss”). Pervert was asking if I could give him (or her) a hoy next time I decide to masturbate between my car and the local public transport. 🙂 Funny, n’est-ce pas?

    Comment by Girl on The Avenue — January 10, 2007 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  8. Don’t worry, leonaaardo! I didn’t get it either.

    Comment by Chloe — January 10, 2007 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

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