Petersham Pool officially re-opened this weekend following an extensive refurbishment, including new play equipment in adjoining Petersham Park. A series of events were held to celebrate the opening, including games to mark the birthday of its namesake – Sarah “Fanny” Durack. Fanny Durack was the first woman swimmer to win an Olympic Gold Medal at Stockholm 1912 and held every world freestyle record from 100 yards to one mile.
Greens Councillor David Leary said, “The opening of the pool realises a long term vision of the Greens on Marrickville Council, to ensure that we invest and upgrade our essential public services.
“The previous Greens Councillors had strongly supported the upgrade of Petersham Pool.
“However it had been slipping behind current standards, so the Greens on Council worked to ensure it was prioritised on the list of Major Works. Community love this facility as an open air neighbourhood pool and the Greens were conscious to have it remain just that.
“The pool remained open while Enmore Aquatic Centre was being built to ensure swimming facilities were always available in the Council area.
“The new Petersham Pool will provide all the amenity of the old pool but its new filtration system will ensure better water quality. The new café will operate into the pool area and Petersham Park providing improved service to park and pool users alike. Integration of the pool into the park was a major concern when developing the design program to ensure that the historic Petersham Park received the respect it deserves,” Clr Leary said.
Greens Councillor Max Phillips highlighted that the opening of the pool was linked to the ongoing work of the Greens on Council to increase investment in Council owned services. In particular last term the Greens worked to ensure that the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre (Enmore Pool) was upgraded and reopened as an energy efficient, 50 metre pool, café and gym complex.
Clr Phillips said, “Greens councillors championed the pool against some pretty stiff opposition from the other Councillors, so this is really heartening.”
“The Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre is now the most popular service in our local area, for very young families through to our more mature residents. The new pool also generates revenue for Council to invest in other infrastructure and services.
“This result shows Council can deliver big projects that provide the facilities our community wants without being a burden on rate payers. It is great to the Greens vision for the upgrade of Petersham Pool also realised,” said Clr Phillips.
For more about the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham including opening hours visit http://www.fdac.com.au
For more info about the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre Petersham visit http://www.akac.com.au/