Cessnock Pool upgrade
I understand the frustration felt by Phil Murray (Upgrade doesn't cater to competition swimming, Letters 9/10) and others involved in competition swimming, who would like council to build a $20, $30 or $40 million swimming complex in Cessnock.
Not only doesn't council have the money for construction costs but the ongoing day-to-day operational costs, once it is built, will also be an added drain on council's already-tight budget.
The reality is, its not affordable without a Special Residential Rate Rise, a cost which would be felt by all residents, wherever they live in the LGA and whether they are pool users or not.
I believe we have a wonderful and heritage-style existing pool. A Cessnock landmark, its CBD location is a strength you'll find in few towns. I have used the pool most of my life and love it.
With a more modest and affordable investment we can address current inadequacies and make it something even more special. Of course, we can achieve that without a rate rise. It won't be Homebush, but hopefully if we do, its use will grow.
Di Fitzgibbon, Ward B Councillor, Cessnock City Council
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