Thank you to all who assisted me at the scene of my accident on Friday 15 February. A special thanks to Mel Fuller who was first on the scene. Also, thank to the the RFS, SES, NSW Fire Brigade and NSW Ambulance as well as Blayney-Millthorpe Police. Thank you to everyone who pulled over to help. I am home and on the road to recovery.
I wish to respond to two letters in the Blayney Chronicle 14/2) from Ben and Les Hopkins about CentrePoint Sport & Leisure centre.
While I agree that repairs and maintenance at the pool leave a lot to be deserved, I do feel that the rather strident comments about the pool temperature being too high is unfair. The pool is open seven days a week and the elderly and some young children use it on only two days for about an hour each day. These people are not great athletic swimmers who can do 20-50 laps of the pool, but people who need water temperatures about 25 or 26 degrees for health reasons. If they couldn’t have 29-30 degrees, they wouldn’t be able to have the gentle aqua exercises which the pool management offers. They would suffer with discomfort and cramps.
I would doubt very much on the other five days that the pool is held at this heat and is probably closer to that these gentlemen suggest. As one of the people who needs the warmer temps to exercise due to osteoarthritis, surely there can be some compromise for others too. You have from 5.30am to 8.30pm on weekdays, plus the pool open on the weekends which certainly gives a fair bit of scope for training.
I find it hard to imagine that the vast numbers you say attended the pool when it was uncovered (and I note you say ‘young’) did so throughout the year ie. late autumn and winter. I doubt there were many elderly folk who were able to do so and probably rarely used the pool at all. There must have been a demand from the community for the pool to be covered in the first place. I feel sorry for council and pool management see themselves between a rock and a hard place, unable to please everyone and as a result pleasing almost no one.
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On behalf of the members of the Mid-State Sub-Branch of the National Serviceman’s Association, I wish to thank you most sincerely for the publicity that you gave to the recent Nash Memorial Day in Orange. It was very well attended, due in no small part to the publicity that we received in the Mid-State area.
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