DEG was shocked to learn from the ABC in early July that the Walgett Shire Council had resolved to "decommission the Walgett pool". We swung into action along with WAMS, the Walgett swimming club and the town's swimming community.
DEG carefully prepared a letter to the Walgett Shire Council, and contributed to ABC media stories. We found it hard to believe that the Council could so easily vote to close down the Walgett pool without any consultation. Our letter was tabled at a special meeting of the Walgett Shire Council, along with very good letters from Walgett AMS, the schools and others. At that meeting the Council rescinded its motion to close the pool and resolved to find resources to repair it. Behind the scenes we have been speaking to Public Works Advisory, the long-term pool managers, the Walgett Mayor and Councillor Col Hardy, Senator Tim Ayers and NSW Minister for Regional NSW Tara Moriarty. We were heartened to learn in late September that the NSW Premier Chris Minns has committed funds to repair the pool, and that NSW Public Works Advisory has found a contractor able to undertake the work with urgency. Walgett Shire Council is dragging the chain as at 29 September 2023 they have not awarded a tender for the management of the pool. DEG urges Walgett Shire Council to overcome their recent staff churn and see this as an opportunity to employ new engineers who will act responsibly to support the Walgett pool and its ongoing management.