Lucindale community pool nears completion

Lucindale Area School community pool is nearing completion thanks to a flood of generous community donations.

Favourable weather and construction permitting, the pool could open as early as the end of term three or the beginning of term four.

The $1.2 million project is primarily funded by the Department for Education. However, the school had a funding shortfall of $168,500.

Lucindale School Governing Council chair Georgie McKay immediately begun fundraising to plug this funding hole and said the response has been overwhelming.

"There's just been a huge community uptake which is fantastic," Mrs McKay said

"Everyone realises just how important this is to the community of Lucindale and the surrounding areas so they're all getting behind it."

Since March, community groups, organisations and individuals have raised an incredible $196,000.

"We've still got potentially another $174,000 that we can raise and are still trying to raise because that means the school can then borrow less money," Mrs McKay explained.

Many community groups including, but not limited to, the Lucindale Hockey Club, Volleyball Club, Fitness Centre, Football and Netball Club have all contributed to the pool.

"They're really been terrific. The feedback has been fantastic and the support has been fantastic," Mrs McKay said.

"The community support has been overwhelming."

Next steps

The next step for the project is for a fence to be erected around the pool.

Once completed, the school has the mammoth task of filling the pool with rain water.

With only 70,000 litres in the school's reserves, the administration has put a call out for any donations of rainwater.

The school is looking for 230,000 litres of water in order to be able to fill pool later this month.

Anyone with spare rainwater is encouraged to contact the school's front office.

Forming a community committee

The pool will not only have educational value for students, but will also be used by the wider community.

To ensure that a wide range of groups have fair access to the pool, a committee formed from a broad spectrum of community representatives will oversee pool management.

"They'll be responsible for drafting the opening hours and making sure there's good access for the different groups - sporting groups, community groups, school use, senior citizens, fun social stuff - they've got to address all of that," Mrs McKay said.

"Hopefully, with people from all different interests, there will be plan that comes out that's suitable for everyone."