MEMORIAL PUSH: Ballina RSL sub-branch president Bill Moore (right) and fellow members want to ensure a memorial plaque remains in a prominent position when the Ballina War Memorial Pool is redeveloped.
MEMORIAL PUSH: Ballina RSL sub-branch president Bill Moore (right) and fellow members want to ensure a memorial plaque remains in a prominent position when the Ballina War Memorial Pool is redeveloped. Graham Broadhead

Call for pool plaque to shine in a prominent place

BALLINA RSL sub-branch members are keen to ensure a memorial plaque will be in a prominent position when Ballina War Memorial Pool is upgraded.

The plaque now sits on a monument at the pool entrance.

It is proposed the entrance will be moved from River St to the south-west corner in Las Balsas Plaza when the pool is upgraded.

Sub-branch president Bill Moore said the plaque should be given prominence at the new entrance so it would not be lost.

Members met with council staff last week and were pleased with proposals for the plaque’s position.

The Ballina War Memorial Olympic Pool opened in 1975.

However, a memorial pool in Ballina dates back to 1925 when the Ballina Municipal Council named the pool at Shaws Bay the Ballina Memorial Baths.

Pool redevelopment details are on Ballina Shire Council’s website.

The council said it envisaged it would be in position to award the successful tenders by November this year, with construction to start on the Ballina and Alstonville pools concurrently in March 2017.

The plan is for the pools to then reopen for the start of the swimming season in September 2017.


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