THE decision to close the Golden Square pool could be up for review, with one councillor labelling the lack of consultation with residents “outrageous” and an “absolute embarrassment”.
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A 5-4 vote from councillors sealed the fate of the pool at last week’s council meeting, despite a petition to save it gaining more than 1800 signatures.

Councillors Peter Cox and Elise Chapman – who both voted to maintain the pool – have worked together to come up with a revised motion looking at whether the decision process included enough consultation.

Cr Cox said the recision motion, which will be put before the council this week, would focus on the process leading up to the decision to have the pool closed.

“I want the decision to be reviewed,” he said.

“One of the grounds that I’m suggesting is that we haven’t consulted enough with the Golden Square community.”

Cr Elise Chapman backed the call and said she was ashamed at the way the council had treated local residents.

After a one hour debate at last week’s meeting, including a failed motion to spend $50,000 on mediation with the Save Our Golden Square Pool group, a motion to permanently close and demolish the pool was passed.

Cr Chapman said she was disappointed with the outcome and said she was “embarrassed by the whole process.”

“If you were mega-religious and the church that you’d been going to for years was suddenly just shut and the council said ‘boo hoo, bad luck’.

“How would you feel?”

Cr Cox said any recision motion would concentrate on a formal consultation process.

“I’m not saying one way, open it or close it. I’m saying the council is committed to consulting with residents.

“People need to be heard and we should have procedures in place.”

Councillor Barry Lyons said the consultation process was as open as it could possibly be with a frank dialogue.

Crs Chapman, Cox, Fyffe and Leach voted against the closure in favour of mediation.

ELECTED: Members of the Save the Golden Square Swimming Pool group vote for the committee members during last night’s meeting. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

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A WARRNAMBOOL P-plater was lucky to survive after her car burst into flames in the early hours of yesterday.
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The 19-year-old woman was travelling north on Wangoom Road in Wangoom when she hit a power pole.

Acting Sergeant Cameron Ross, of Warrnambool police, said the woman lost control of the car and was lucky to get out of the car in time.

“The car was smoking when she made the call to triple-0,” he said.

“She wasn’t injured.”

Acting Sergeant Ross said the cause of the crash was still being investigated by police.

Police, paramedics, SES and fire brigades from Warrnambool, Allansford and Wangoom were called to the crash at 4.30am.

It took firefighters an hour to put the blaze out and firefighters used thermal imaging to ensure the fire was completely out.

A spokeswoman for Ambulance Victoria said the woman was taken to Warrnambool Base Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The burnt-out body of a Toyota on Wangoom Road after a single-vehicle accident yesterday.

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The Bendigo Bank Spirit has never been in with a better shot of Women’s National Basketball League glory and the club is calling on the community to help it to a first-ever grand final appearance.
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The Spirit, Bendigo’s only team competing in a national competition, hosts the Dandenong Rangers on Sunday in the second semi-final.

Bendigo has only hosted one final in its previous five seasons – with Sunday’s match the biggest game the club has played locally.

The winner of the first versus second clash earns a spot in the grand final, and Bendigo could host the match, while the loser faces a sudden-death preliminary final against in-form Adelaide, increasingly seen as a genuine title contender.

Spirit coach Bernie Harrower hopes to avoid that scenario and is calling on the community to be the “sixth player” in Sunday’s 4pm tip-off. “It’s extremely important we get a big crowd there because although we’ve beaten Dandenong three times this season now we’re in finals it doesn’t mean anything,” he said.

The reigning champions boast a star-studded team, with the likes of Australian Opals Jenna O’Hea and Kathleen MacLeod.

Tickets are all allocated seating and can be bought online at www.bendigostadium苏州美甲美睫培训.au or by calling the stadium on 5440 6214.

Prices are $28 for adults, $18 for children and $25 for concession.

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