THE 95-year-old Wonthaggi pool holds historical significance to the community and was vandalised earlier this year.
Nathan Leversha, who works on the building and grounds at Wonthaggi Primary School, recognised the damage to the pool in May and brought it to the attention of Bass MP Brian Paynter.
“I raised the issue with Brian asking for his assistance after the school was advised that the historical pool was not financially covered under the education department,” Mr Leversha said.
Brian Paynter met with Nathan to see the damage firsthand and formerly wrote to the respective minister advising of the vandalism and advocated the repair.
“I support the community on their $60,000 funding request and believe this pool needs to be refurbished for students,” Mr Paynter said.
On Monday, July 30, Mr Paynter attended the movie night hosted by Wonthaggi Primary as well as donated a hamper for all the effort of the recent annual Kidz Mini Mudda event, both of which were successful with all proceeds going towards the repair.
Nathan said, “Brian was a voice for the school and has been an endless support”.
The school council, parents and many locals have shown great support to this piece of Wonthaggi’s history.
Mr Leversha says the pool’s used almost every day by students in grades one to six during term one, and for about half of term four.
“We appreciate all the community support in the effort to get it back up and running,” Mr Leversha said.
“On behalf of school council, I would like to thank Brian Paynter for lobbying the issue and getting the word out there.”
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