This website supported the community struggle to maintain the Mayfield Swimming Centre from 2007, when Newcastle City Council first proposed to close it, until 2013, when its future was secured through a long-term management contract with a private operator.

This site is no longer actively maintained, but it is preserved here in legacy, as a history of the events as they unfolded around Mayfield Pool, and to document this example of a successful grassroots community campaign.

Media On Mayfield Pool

Save Mayfield Pool Swimming Pool Campaign has been active since late 2007, working to save Mayfield Pool, and to promote a new way of managing Newcastle's inland pools.

Over this period, there has been sustained interest in the issue right across the media - print, radio and television.

Collected here are a variety of samples of the publicity that been generated, reflecting the community's strong interest in this very important subject.

Press Coverage

Mayfield Pool and the campaign efforts surrounding it have attracted significant interest from a variety of newspapers from the very earliest days of the campaign. Both clippings, and links to the articles on the publication websites, are provided below.

Title Publication Date Clipping
Mayfield to unveil giant mosaic after four year's work Newcastle Herald 22-Mar-2013
Ratepayers hit by heavy art gallery subsidy Newcastle Herald 20-Dec-2012
Council split over pool entry fees Newcastle Herald 14-Nov-2012
Broad support for free pools Newcastle Herald 13-Nov-2012
Free thinking for Newcastle pools Newcastle Herald 9-Nov-2012
Parents join call for free pool access Newcastle Star 3-Oct-2012
Give us a swimming pool we can afford Newcastle Herald 30-Sep-2012
Free pools make good sense Newcastle Herald 1-Sep-2012
Call to shelve gallery upgrade Newcastle Herald 28-Aug-2012
Plan to make Newcastle's inland pools free Newcastle Herald 26-Aug-2012
Entry fees for city swimming pools up this summer Newcastle Herald 24-Oct-2011
Newcastle council cost estimates 'a starting point' Newcastle Herald 14-Jun-2011
Sink or swim: $34m to keep public swimming pools afloat Newcastle Herald 30-Jan-2011
Splash about at community picnic Newcastle Star 6-Oct-2010
Swimmers come in from the cold Newcastle Herald 13-Nov-2009
Elections 2008: Community seek commitments on local pool Mayfield Leader 3-Sep-2008
Mayfield on the move Newcastle Star 11-Jun-2008
Buoyed by wave of support for Mayfield pool Newcastle Herald 13-Dec-2007
Reprieve for council pool Newcastle Herald 6-Dec-2007
Making a splash Newcastle Herald 13-Oct-2007
Families join pool protest Daily Telegraph 13-Oct-2007
Wave of support saves pool Sun Herald 23-Sep-2007


Radio Coverage

Mayfield Pool and the campaign surrounding it have been a regular feature on local radio. Some highlights (where available) are collected here.

Program Station Date Audio
Mornings with Jill Emberson ABC 1233 11-Jun-2013


Television Coverage

Mayfield Pool and the campaign surrounding it have been a regular feature on NBNTV over the years.

Title Date Abstract
Mayfield Residents Battle To Keep Pool 10-Jun-2013 After mobilising to save their public pool six years ago, Mayfield residents have launched a new battle. Campaigners are now attempting to convince Newcastle Council to halve the pool entry fee, which they say is far too steep.
Council Undecided On Pools 14-Nov-2012 Newcastle Council is still undecided whether it will make entry free at the city's five inland pools, with staff to brief councillors on the financial impact at a later date. The vote was split at last night's meeting.
Push For Free Pool Entry 9-Nov-2012 If you've been sweltering in the recent heat but find using public pools too expensive, we could have some good news. Next week, councillors will vote on whether to implement free pool entry on a three year trial – but Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy says council simply can't afford it.
Push For Free Pool Entry 19-Aug-2012 On a hot summer's day - there's nothing better than a dip in a pool to cool down. Now, there's a push to make a trip to Newcastle's public pools a whole lot cheaper.
Things Are Heating Up At Mayfield Pool 19-Aug-2009 The swimming season at Mayfield Pool will soon be extended thanks to a new solar heating system. Almost two years since Newcastle Council contemplated closing the facility, it's now expected to be busier than ever.
Heating For Mayfield Pool 2-Jun-2009 If the latest figures are anything to go by, Newcastle Council's decision to keep Mayfield Pool open was the right one. The number of people using the facility has increased by almost 15 per cent in the last 12 months, and it's likely to get busier, with $200,000 earmarked for solar heating.
Mayfield Pool Celebrates 42 Years 15-Nov-2008 Turning 42 wouldn't usually be cause for a major celebration, but it was today in Mayfield. Over the past four decades the local pool has survived an earthquake, flood and threats of closure, but despite its past, the facility's future looks bright.


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