POOLSIDE: Bill McInerney, Peter Lucena, Cr Jeff Johnson and in the distance, Michael Hajjar and John Wise at the proposed ocean pool site in Ballina.
POOLSIDE: Bill McInerney, Peter Lucena, Cr Jeff Johnson and in the distance, Michael Hajjar and John Wise at the proposed ocean pool site in Ballina. Andy Parks

Readers make a splash over proposed ocean pool

OUR readers have reacted positively to the news that Ballina Shire Council is investigating the possibility of building an ocean pool on Shelly Beach.

The proposed ocean pool would be the first one built in NNSW since the 1970s.

Many on The Northern Star's Facebook page, like Sasha Eve Dwight, said they thought the proposed ocean pool would be a great asset for Ballina.

"I've lived here my whole life 'Ballina with its beautiful beaches' - though we would go to Yamba with our mum to swim at the beach pool," Sasha said.

Rod Gray also said it was a great idea.

"I wish there was one when I had my parents over as they were a bit nervous of the rips and waves," he said.

Alaphonse Mouzon said it would be a great idea as "most other pools in the district close for winter".

"At last! Ratepayers' money going to something with an ongoing benefit rather than potholes!"

Sonia Cox, pointed to the success of the ocean pool at Yamba in support of the Ballina project.

"(The Yamba ocean pool) is used daily, year round by locals and tourists. It's a great asset to our community and enjoyed by all. Do it Ballina!" Sonia said.

Patricia Sheaff said she couldn't understand why it hadn't been considered before.

"There is no chemicals needed and minimal maintenance it would be a great asset to Ballina," she said.

Bill Spark said this was the best news he'd heard out of Ballina in a long time.

"I hope they go through with it. I will not vote for any council member who will not pass this. Great for tourists for day and night (cooling) off," Bill said.

However some, like Fran Brendon Hotschilt, didn't think it was the best idea.

"Lots of beach already!" Fran said.

"What about the atrocious roads that need fixing - it's always 'we have no money' but all of a sudden there is money to make a large pool."

Tyson Pearce had similar thoughts:

"Didn't the Ballina council just raise rates to upgrade the public pool?"

 


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