THE self-professed “peoples’ pool” at Golden Square is once again staring down the barrel at potential closure, an instance that should come as no surprise to anyone.

The community has done a remarkable job in the past five years to resurrect the Golden Square pool into something quite special.

It is a much loved, much visited and much appreciated facility.

The pool’s survival and popularity are testament to local residents’ desire to keep the pool open.

The new Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre will shortly open at Kangaroo Flat, and talk of closing the Golden Square pool will only harden the resolve of supporters.

The pool’s stunning success over the past five years is a tribute to the hard working committee and

More than 66,000 people have passed through the turnstiles, and the City of Greater Bendigo has continued to provide valuable support.

Council is currently preparing budgets for the 2018-2019 financial year, so any decision regarding the fate of the Golden Square pool will need to be reflected in those

While council officers would say there’s no room for sentiment in their rationale, the Golden Square pol has only just celebrated its centenary, and this week also saw the launch of the yearlong Regional Centre for Culture program, which is divided into themes that align with the six seasonal Times observed by the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

One of the program’s key attractions from January to March, representing the Barramul (emu) and Milakuk (lightning) Time, a key attraction will be Waterhole – an initiative that celebrates the timelessness of local swimming pools.

Pools also provide a place of respite, calmness and social interaction, and offer recreational and health benefits to users.

Their overall value is difficult to measure, while the cost to maintain a pool is far more tangible.

The report to be considered by councillors next Wednesday states our municipality has more aquatic facilities than any other in Victoria. Another point to ponder is whether that’s a good thing or not, and should we be looking to reduce our list of assets or instead proudly maintain them.

The question on everyone’s lips right now though, is should councillors at least roll the dice for one more year to gauge the impact of the new Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre upon patronage at Golden Square?

Of the nine serving councillors, only Rod Fyffe and James Williams have had to deal with this issue in the past, so one could easily understand why councillors might now opt to extend the Golden Square pool committee and their supporters a lifeline.

They could certainly do a lot worse.