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Rough spots draw complaints

Monday, 31st January, 2011

Council has been asked why the old Alma Pool site (above) is a “snake haven” while the old City Pool site has been attractively remediated Council has been asked why the old Alma Pool site (above) is a “snake haven” while the old City Pool site has been attractively remediated

By Stefan Delatovic

Parts of the city's south have been labelled a "snake haven" by angry residents.

The South Broken Hill Football Club's Dean Caldwell led a contingent of players to last week's monthly Council meeting where they complained about the poor condition of facilities.

Their chief concern was the Alma Oval. Mr Caldwell said it was in very poor condition, with a lack of lighting a particular worry. 

He said the oval was a centrepiece for children living in the South, and a venue for soccer, cricket and football.

He encouraged Council to find funding to fix the problem.

The site of the former Alma Pool was buried in weeds, Mr Caldwell said, calling it a "snake haven" that broke his heart.

The Lamb Oval's weeds were higher than the fence, he said, and Patton Street Park had grass a foot high.

"This city won a Tidy Town award; didn't they look out the South?" Mr Caldwell asked.

Deputy Mayor Neville Gasmier - now campaigning for Labor in the NSW election - told Mr Caldwell that he and the Labor councillors were "working hard for the South", and that he had been in contact with the AFL about funding for the Alma Oval.

He said other council projects, such as the closure of the old city pool, had included remediation works, and questioned why this wasn't the case at the Alma Pool.

He moved that Council seek funding from the AFL and all tiers of government for lighting at the oval, and the councillors agreed.

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