RELATED CONTENT: Dry Swim gallery
The campaign for a new swimming centre in Batemans Bay made waves on the weekend when the Indoor Aquatic Centre Committee held its Dry Swim at Hanging Rock rugby oval on Sunday, August 28.
The event attracted a number of community groups and councillors who were keen to show their support for a year-round leisure facility.
Batemans Bay Swimming Club, Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club, Sailability Batemans Bay, Life Without Barriers Batemans Bay and the Eurocoast Triathlon Club were among many present on the day.
The Bay Post/Moruya Examiner caught up with representatives of these groups to find out how a new pool in Batemans Bay would benefit them.
Batemans Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre Committee president, Carolyn Harding: “We have got representations from different sporting groups, disability groups, aged care, kids … everyone that wants to use a pool.”
Batemans Bay Swimming Club president, Jeni McCarthy: “It would be lovely to have something here so we can have all-round swimming because our swimmers are really at a disadvantage.”
Simone Elliott, of Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club: “A year-round facility is definitely a plus for the Broulee surf club. We would love to see it in Batemans Bay.”
Secretary of Sailability Batemans Bay, Terry McDonough: “So many of our sailors use the swimming pool … people of all abilities need exercise in water, all-year-round.”
Kim Young, member of Eurocoast Triathlon Club: “Some of our members travel to have a swim … Ulladulla or Narooma. (It is) way too far to get there regularly for most of us.”
Trish Bills, of Life Without Barriers Batemans Bay: “We can’t afford the petrol to travel to Ulladulla three or four times a week, so we would love to have a pool at the Bay to swim more.”
Full report in Wednesday’s Bay Post/Moruya Examiner.