Werris Creek pool turns 50

LAPPING IT UP: Annabelle Avard and Liam Faulkner lead the parade down the town's main drag. Photo: Gareth Gardner 061018GGA12
LAPPING IT UP: Annabelle Avard and Liam Faulkner lead the parade down the town's main drag. Photo: Gareth Gardner 061018GGA12

HUNDREDS of locals spilled onto the main drag of Werris Creek to celebrate the golden anniversary of, what some call, the premier sporting facility on the Liverpool Plains.

And in hushed tones some call it the finest pool in the New England North West region.

This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Werris Creek pool’s grand opening in 1968 and the establishment of the town’s swimming club.

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Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser

The pool is a source of pride and passion for The Creek with community driven tin-rattling raising about half the funds for the original build.

The golden jubilee parade had all the pomp and circumstance befitting the town’s “charity queens” who led the fundraising drive in the 1960s with, at times, heavy-handed measures.

Swim club assistant coach Sarah-Jane Bonner said urban legend spoke of a cunning heist carried out by the queens.

An equally legendary Werris Creek snowstorm in 1965 waylaid a train in the sleepy community and saw  queens take to the carriages and “hold the train up like bushrangers” asking for small change for the cause.

Australian swimming icon Dawn Fraser visited The Creek this weekend for the celebration which also heralded a $224,000 grant from the state government for further upgrades.

Mrs Bonner said the money would “increase the swim season significantly”, going towards a new pool cover and water heating system.

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