With the closing of the Eagleby Aquatic Centre in July 2022, residents were not happy that the council had made this decision. While it was for safety reasons, local councillor Karen Murphy voted to reopen the facility, although lost the vote in council.
Since then, Cr Murphy and different council departments have conducted community engagements with locals and listened to the community on what they want at the site.
“After lots hard work and advocacy in council, I can announce that a report to retain the beach entry pool facility as part of staged master planning for Bishop Street Park will go to the City Lifestyle Committee meeting on March 15,” said Cr Murphy.
“I’ll be voting with my community to keep the beach entry pool open and have asked the mayor and my fellow councillors for their support.
“This plan will revitalise public parkland in the heart of Eagleby, providing both residents and visitors with an exciting array of amenities to enjoy.”
The City Lifestyle Committee is chaired by Cr Laurie Koranski with deputy chair Cr Tony Hall. All councillors attend, including the mayor, and it will come down to which way each councillor votes to see if Eagleby will have the beach entry pool.
At the time of the pool closing, Cr Murphy said the decision was not the outcome she wanted for the Eagleby community.
“I want to make it clear that I voted against this decision (closing of the pool),” she said in July 2022.
“My own kids learnt to swim in this pool, and I was heavily involved in the swimming club for many years having served as President.”
The City Lifestyle Committee meeting can be viewed live on Logan City Councils YouTube channel or you can attend in person.