Council meeting

by Janet Grigg

Wednesday 30 January 7pm
Council Chamber, Moreland Civic Centre
90 Bell Street, Coburg

On the agenda at number 12. LATE REPORTS
This is what's up for discussion....

I can't express how inviting this pool looked from outside the fence at about five on a balmy summer evening. Imagine how pleasant it would be to picnic beneath the trees, go for a swim, relax with your family or friends, hang out on the lawn with a book. Imagine what a valuable community asset this pool in the park would be if it was well maintained, adequately staffed, with good programmes. Filled with sparkling clean water. Promoted as a venue for relaxation and excercise. Open for business.

It has been closed since 1st of December 2006. Be there if you can.

1961, turning of the sod for the Coburg Olympic pool

by Janet Grigg
First official excavation for the Coburg Olympic pool in 1961 with the old Pentridge Prison in the background.

Source: Picture Victoria. Used with permission of Coburg Historical Society.
Description: black and white photograph 16.7cm by 11.5cm - Turning of sod - Olympic swimming pool, East Coburg. Councillor FG Cox (Mayor) DCE Constructions - Mr Black, Mr Williams; Crs Ryland and Morgan, Des Gibson (building surveyor), Mr GA Bridges Town Clerk.

Friends of the Coburg Olympic Pool

Friends of the Coburg Olympic Pool are campaigning to have the Coburg Olympic Pool repaired and re-opened in time for Summer 2008/09 and beyond.


Email friends of the Coburg Olympic Pool at

Some of the individuals involved in the campaign:

Robin Parker. Robin went for a swim on the the 3rd of December 2006, only to find the Coburg Olympic Pool had been closed without warning. She has been writing letters to the City of Moreland and the Moreland Leader ever since. Contact Robin at

Melissa Alexander. Mel says,
i am a local mum that has lived in the area for 3.5 years.
i was drawn to this place because of the beautiful open green spaces.
i want my kids to want to live here for the same reasons.
Mel is writing for the website and is part of the media group. She can be contacted at

Kitty Owens lives in North Coburg, near Coburg Olympic Pool! Kitty has 2 young children, is an artist and works in the museum sector. Kitty is part of the events group and is writing for the website.

Cate Hall moved into the area about a year ago, with her partner and little girl, for the proximity to the creek and all it has to offer but also for the beautiful outdoor pool within walking distance The family are yet to experience the pool as it was closed without warning just after they signed the dotted line. Cate remains optimistic this unique facility will be re-opened and has been talking to local, state and federal politicians, council officers and councillors about why and how we want this to happen. Contact Cate on

Janet Grigg. Janet is a long time resident of Moreland and has always admired the Coburg Olympic Pool. She is the website designer and administrator for the Save Coburg Olympic Pool site and can be contacted at

Just remember, you can't swim in an empty promise


Welcome to the Save Coburg Olympic Pool website and blog. Coburg Olympic Pool is a seasonal pool and was open from the 1st of December each year until the 31st of March each year. In December 2006, the pool was closed without warning or notification. It has remained closed ever since. Friends of the Coburg Olympic Pool are campaigning to have this magnificent community asset re-opened.
Coburg Olympic Pool 22/01/08

To the left you'll find contact details for the Friends of the Coburg Olympic Pool, some information about who we are and how you can help save the pool. There's also information what the Coburg Olympic Pool has to offer. On the right, there are links to local newspaper articles. More detail about the campaign will be added as it comes to hand.
Down the bottom are blog posts. The latest posts will always be at the top. Old posts can be found be looking through the archives or the categories to your right.