Businesses back pool poll calls

DIVING INTO DEBATE: Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce president Lynette Martin and vice president Ben Hood have backed calls for a poll to gauge public support for a proposed indoor pool and sports complex for Mount Gambier. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

THE Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce has urged Mount Gambier City Council to heed the calls of the city’s political leaders in regards to a proposed $40m sport and recreation centre.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin and Independent MP Troy Bell previously called on the council to commission a formal community poll to determine ratepayer support for the project.

Both Mr Pasin and Mr Bell said they were unwilling to lobby state and federal governments for funding without first determining whether the facility had widespread community support.

While a petition signed by over 10,000 people in favour of the proposed facility was presented to council in April, chamber president Lynette Martin agreed a more formal process was necessary to determine whether a majority of ratepayers were on board.

“Being the only independent voice representing business in our city, we fully support council’s investigation into the indoor/outdoor aquatic and recreation centre


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