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This site is no longer actively maintained, but it is preserved here in legacy, as a history of the events as they unfolded around Mayfield Pool, and to document this example of a successful grassroots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

Mayfield Pool Events

Over the last few years, there has been a strong and sustained groundswell of community action to save and support the Mayfield Swimming Pool.

Prompted by the revelation in August 2007 of council plans to close the pool in favour of upgrading Lambton Swimmming Centre, local pool lovers and the wider community have worked hard to ensure the survival of this essential public resource.

This page documents the ongoing story of the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool campaign. Articles are in reverse order with the most current news at the top.

Event History

Next Mosaic Working Bee

Sun 9th & 16th December 2012, 12pm-5pm

If you have not yet seen the work from the first working bee, pop into the pool and have a peek - it is looking amazing! The next working bee is set to be a big one and we need lots of helpers!

We were overwhelmed with volunteers at the last one and at times had to ask people to come back. This time we have done lots of preparation so we will be able to have more people working at the same time. We really want to get well past the halfway mark.

Come along a lend a hand – no experience necessary, just report to the shade structure and volunteer!

If you have questions call Kate on 0400047263.

Community Mosaic Installation

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd September 2012

Mayfield Pool season starts this weekend and it will be a big weekend in the history of the pool! Come and help install the new Community Mosaic.

We've been working towards this weekend for the last 5 years. Professional mosaic artists (Lisa Hyde-Mills and Angie Parkes) and community volunteers have donated months of their time to produce an amazing artwork. Now we need your help to install it. Let us know if you can come or just turn up on the weekend and offer your help.

No experience necessary, just report to the shade structure when you arrive where you will be given a quick induction and some instruction. Bring a hat and sunscreen. Please wear covered shoes.

Installation sessions will be at 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. It would be great to know if you are coming to one of the sessions, so if you know what time you can come please send a quick email to If you just want to turn up on the day that is fine too!

Council Elections Surveys

Compiled 30th August 2012

Save Mayfield Swimming Pool Campaign has invited all candidates in the upcoming council elections to answer the following four questions, regarding their positions on the management of the council pools.

1. If elected will you work as an advocate in Council to ensure the long term future of Beresfield, Mayfield, Stockton and Wallsend Pools?

2. If elected will you propose and/or vote in support of a motion ensuring free entry to Beresfield, Mayfield, Stockton and Wallsend Pools for at least a three year trial period?

3. If elected will you propose and/or vote in support of a motion ensuring that promotion of Beresfield, Mayfield, Stockton and Wallsend Pools is equal to that of promotion of Lambton pool, including very large signs on nearby arterial roads?

4. Will all other councillors elected from your party/group of independents answer the above questions in the same way as you?

The results of this survey have now been compiled into result summaries for each ward and the mayoral race, which you can download from our documents page.

Pool Mosaic Installation

May 2012

After 3 years in the planning and creating we are now finally at the installation stage - and we are very excited!

Over the last 9 months we have been creating mosaic art pieces designed by local school children, and we now have over 30 pieces that will form the community art mosaic.

What a fabulous journey we have been on watching the designs come to life through colour, style and peoples creativity.

Throughout term 3 and 4 last year we ran workshops at Mayfield East Primary School and Callaghan College Waratah campus. This year we ran workshops at the pool from February to April. Sunday 22nd April was our last day of mosaicing at the pool.

We have been delighted with the interest and support from the local community and from people living outside Mayfield who have discovered the delights of Mayfield Pool, a relaxed safe shady green family friendly space.

It was great to hear positive comments from lifeguards, parents, grandparents, young people and kids grow with interest as more and more pieces were completed.

Lisa Hyde Mills and Angie Parkes, our amazing community artists, are now looking for people to help them install the pieces.

Over the off season we will be conducting installation working bees - work to be done will be helping the artists place the pieces and grout them on to the wall. NO prior experience necessary.

We will keep you updated with details of when working bees will occur. At this stage we know Mondays will be one of the days and dates should be organized within the next few weeks.

Keep an eye on this website as well as local school newsletters and flyers in local cafes in Mayfield.

You can contact me on 4968 1883 if you would like more information or to offer your help. Thank you!

Denise Witt
On behalf of SMSPC and the Mayfield Pool Mosaic project

Pool Mosaic Workshops

March 2012

You are invited to join the Mosaic Workshops being held at Mayfield Swimming Pool as part of our community art project.

Community Artists Lisa Hyde-Mills and Angie Parkes are running workshops after school and on weekends in March 2012.

Pop in and see the fabulous mosaics we have created so far and if you want to lend a hand help us create some more.

When completed all the pieces will be installed at the pool over the off season and launched at the beginning of the 2012/13 season in October 2012.

Sound Waves at Mayfield Pool

Sunday 12-Dec-2010

Sunday 31-Jan-2011

Sunday 27-Feb-2011

Sunday 27-Mar-2011

Mayfield Pool starts swinging this season with a series of monthly music shows, at no charge apart from entry to the pool itself.

Come along with your friends to take a dip and chill out to the relaxed vibe in our beautiful family-friendly pool setting.

Our line-up includes the rich acoustic sounds of Stephen Clarke and other local musicians. See for more details.

Performances are held subject to good weather conditions.

Mayfield Pool Opens For The 2010-11 Season


Mayfield Swimming Pool reopens on Saturday 25 September and a Community Picnic from 10am in the Pool's beautiful grounds will usher in the new swimming season.

Solar heating at the Pool means swimmers can expect a great swim somewhere in the 22-23°C range, and a fair bit warmer than ocean temperatures at this time of year.

The opening of the swimming season coincides with the beginning of school holidays too.

Come along and take a dip or just enjoy the parklands, and celebrate the opening of the swimming season at Mayfield. Bring along a picnic, and there are free BBQ facilities available too.

When: from 10am onwards, Saturday 25 September (for early birds, the Pool is open from 6am).

Have You Been Part Of The Campaign To Save Mayfield Pool?


Help be apart of the campaign by telling your story...

Local student of the University of Newcastle, Brooke McArthur, is currently completing her Honours course and requires your involvement with a project which affects the Mayfield community. Making a Splash at Mayfield Pool: Place, Memory and Identity will investigate the value of community arts techniques as a means of generating dialogue between community members about their relationship to Mayfield Pool and its social and cultural significance in their lives.

What would you be asked to do?

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to contribute by:

  • engage in a one hour face-to-face audio taped interview
  • approve the transcript of your interview
  • participate in one workshop to review and develop the first draft of the script
  • attend a public reading of the final draft of theatrical script and participate in post-reading discussion

How can you participate in this project?

If you would like to participate, or want more information please contact Brooke McArthur in the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at:

PWCS Supports Mayfield Swimming Pool


Save Mayfield Swimming Pool (SMSP) Campaign acknowledges the support of Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS), which today presented a cheque for $15,000- to be used for solar heating and other improvements at Mayfield Swimming Pool.

SMSP Campaign spokesperson Liam Phelan said "We are pleased that Newcastle City Council and PWCS are working together constructively to support important community infrastructure. The support of PWCS is appreciated and underscores the responsibilities and opportunities for businesses to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities in which they operate."

"Our local neighbourhoods and community assets are important to us. The local community - in Mayfield and beyond - has shown overwhelming support to save and improve Mayfield Swimming Pool. The support of PWCS and Council recognises the value of Mayfield Swimming Pool to our community."

Pictured is Graham Davidson, General Manager of PWCS, presenting the cheque to Liam Phelan. Also pictured are other members of the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool Campaign, Mel Nelson and Kate Connor (with son Ned).

Tile Art Project Update


The Save Mayfield Swimming Pool Committee has been working hard on a fundraising and community art project for Mayfield Pool.

The aim of the project is to create a great community artwork at the pool and at the same time raise money to help install solar heating at the pool.

We have spent the winter developing a proposal to go to the NCC Community Arts Committee to get approval for the project.

Swimming Club At Mayfield Pool

Friday Evenings @ 5pm
At The Swimming Pool

Newcastle Premiers Swimming Club is now taking registrations for the 2008/09 swimming season, starting on 31-Oct-2008.

The club is for swimmers of all ages and abilities, meeting on Friday evenings at 5pm in a spirit of non-competitive fun.

Registration for the season is only $65.00 and includes training and stroke correction for swimmers on weekday afternoons.

For more information, please contact Yvette (4968 9409) or Michelle (4967 6912).

Buy A Tile For Solar Heating

January 2009

Help us raise money and create some community art - all you have to do is buy a tile.

The community has been asked to raise some money to contribute to the cost of solar heating the pool, which would allow the open season to be extended.

Fundraising is already underway and the next step is the Tile Project, which was launched at the pool's 42nd birthday celebrations.

The idea is for us to buy blank tiles to decorate and mount onto a wall inside the Pool complex, to create an artwork that will recognise the community's contribution towards the solar heating of their pool.

Tiles can be bought for $10- each at the Aussie Pool Lovers shop, 160 Maitland Rd, Mayfield. Enquiries can be made by leaving your contact details at 4978 7836. Join the mailing list (on the left) to be notified when this project gets underway.

Then you can decorate your tiles at one of the community decorating workshops to be held over the coming months, or alternatively donate your tiles to a Mayfield school to be decorated by local school children.

We are currently going through the process of getting support from council and sourcing the materials. We are hoping supportive businesses will sponsor materials so all funds raised can be used on the solar heating of the pool.

If you can help or have any contacts that would be interested in supporting the project, please let us know. We are looking for:

- Businesses to sponsor the materials
- Artists to help out with the workshops
- Access to kilns
- Tilers to help place and fix the tiles

If you can help with any of these, please contact us on

Free Community Open Day

Sunday 18-Jan-2009

The Free Community Open Day was a huge success again this year, thanks to Newcastle Council, the Save Mayfield Pool group and pool staff.

The weather was perfect, and a whole range of events and activities throughout the day provided fun and entertainment for all. Nearly 1000 people came through the gate, with some from as far afield as Cooranbong and Singleton!

The festivities were kicked off with a fundraiser BBQ breakfast provided by the Newcastle Premiers swimming club.

At 9:30am, the Lord Mayor John Tate officially opened the pool's new playground equipment, and spoke of his and the council's commitment to retain and improve the pool in co-operation with the community.

Live entertainment was provided by the acoustic jazz guitar sounds of Stephen Clarke in the morning, followed by the cool beats of DJ Wanjan through the afternoon.

There was plenty for the kids to do, with the popular Giant Inflatable Obstacle Course and Circus Avalon workshops. It was great to see them explore their skills and there were lots of smiles on faces as hoops were being swirled.

Multinational soccer games took place almost continuously through the afternoon. Lots of kids were involved, and even a few dads took part when the pace slowed down a bit later on!

All up it was a huge day - many thanks to all those whose efforts made it possible!

Mayfield Pool Celebrates 42nd Birthday

Saturday 15-Nov-2008

Mayfield Swimming Pool was officially opened to the public on Saturday 12th November 1966.

This week Mayfield celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the opening with a day of fun and festivities at the pool.

NBN TV was there to capture the celebrations which included the cutting of the birthday cake by Lord Mayor John Tate.

The day drew a large crowd who were entertained by Stephen Clarke on guitar playing classics like Moon River, and by the Poeples' Chorus with their great rendition of "Solar Heating here at Mayfield - So We Can Swim All Year".

The birthday celebration was part of a weekend of celebrations including a successful Trivia Night with over 100 people kicking off community contribution towards solar heating at the pool.

Each of our local councillors and the Lord Mayor showed their support by taking part in events over the weekend and support also came from Mayfield Mainstreet (who organised the trivia event), People's Chorus, Mayfield Pool Swimming Club, school teachers and pool lovers from right across the community.

Mayfield Mainstreet Trivia Evening

Friday 14-Nov-2008

The Mayfield Mainstreet committee has presented a local Trivia Night at the Mayfield Bowling Club in support of the Mayfield Swimming Pool.

Trivia included general questions as well as categories specific to the history of Mayfield. Great fun was had by all as we learned a few new things about our swimming pool and our home suburb.

Congratulations to the winners (pictured)! Most importantly, the night was a great success, raising a significant contribution towards adding solar heating to the pool.

A big thanks to Aaron from the Stag and Hunter for being such a great host for the Trivia evening and to Kathie, Bronwyn and all at Mainstreet.

Media Release: SMSP Welcomes Candidate's Strong Support For Mayfield Swimming Pool


With council elections just over a week away, the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool (SMSP) Campaign has produced a scorecard to show where Mayoral and lead Ward candidates stand on the future of Mayfield Swimming Pool.

Tim Connor, SMSP Campaign spokesperson said "We're happy to report that candidates' support for Mayfield Swimming Pool is close to unanimous. Candidates have welcomed the opportunity to commit to working together with the Mayfield community and to use the next four years to advocate for the future of the pool. In particular candidates have committed to support the implementation of solar heating at the pool in the next 12 months."

"We are pleased at the commitment candidates are showing to our community and we look forward to continuing to work constructively with our council. Concern about the future of the pool has generated incredible levels of community involvement in the pool campaign and it is heartening to see candidates responding positively."

Recent discussions with council officers indicate that shade structures and a new playground will be built at the the pool in the coming months. These welcome improvements are consistent with our community's vision for improving the pool. Current action bu council together with candidate's expressions of support bode well for the the future of the pool."

The scorecard appears in the current issue of the Leader community newspaper, delivered from today to 40,000 households acrooss Newcastle.

The SMSP campaign will also letterbox more than 10,000 households across Mayfield, Tighes Hill and Islington (all in Ward 1) with a summary scorecard indicating where candidates for Lord Mayor and Ward 1 stand on the future of the pool.

Survey Responses From Candidates


Most candidates for the upcoming Newcastle Council elections have responded to the survey prepared by the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool group.

The good news is that, with the exception of one Ward 2 candidate, there is strong consensus about supporting and improving Mayfield Swimming Pool!

Detailed responses can be found here.

Survey To Council Candidates: Where Do You Stand?


The SMSP group has produced a questionnaire which it is sending to all candidates for Lord Mayor and all lead candidates in Wards 1 through 4 for the upcoming council election.

The questionnaire will help voters to know where candidates stand on future of our pool.

SMSP Campaign will collect candidates' responses and put them together in the form of a scorecard. The scorecard will be publicised widely in our community in the lead up to the election.

Meeting To Support Mayfield Pool


A group of residents met on Saturday June 14 to plan the next stage of what began as the "Save Mayfield Pool" campaign.

The final resolution from Council last year read, in part: "The submission by the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool (SMSP) Community Group be received as a basis for further consultation to take place between Council and SMSP Community Group over a five year period to investigate the business case for the retention of, and future improvement program for, Mayfield Pool."

Based on this commitment, the meeting began planning:

1. Desirable improvements to Mafyield pool, linked to a vision of the sort of community we want to develop.
2. Community consultation for improvements to Mayfield pool.
3. Strategies for political pressure for the upcoming Council elections to ensure Council lives up to its commitment.
4. How to maintain campaign momentum, having moved from the "save" to "improve" side of our campaign.
5. Possible fund-raising activities that we could support for the pool.

Open Day Demonstrates Support For Mayfield Pool


Hundreds of people enjoyed the free enty Open Day at Mayfield Pool yesterday.

At one point the organised soccer on the grassed area drew a response of around 30 a side; the circus workshops were very popular; and the pools were full of adults and kids enjoying the water.

The huge success of the day clearly demonstrates the popularity, the current value of the Pool to the community, and its potential as outlined in our submission to Council. It also adds weight to calls from some in the SMSP campaign to review entry fees / trial reduced or free entry, and assess the impact on attendance.

It would be useful if councillors, particularly those in this Ward, called in to witness the impact themselves, and if Council had asked the pool operators to record attendance on the Open Day. The increased numbers was striking to regular pool users.

Once the decision to keep the pool open is formalised on the SMSP group plans to begin to negotiate with Council for them to consider and systematically include and promote more of these sorts of activities for our Pool.

Council Recommends Keeping Mayfield Pool


Following the clear, consistent and strong response of the Mayfield and surrounding communities - via petitions, input at public meetings, written submissions, etc - Council officers are now recommending that Mayfield Pool remain open.

It seems that Mayfield pool won't be removed (at least in the next 5 years), and might even be improved, as reported in the story in the Newcastle Herald.

Council have called for ongoing community input over the next five years to improve the Mayfield facility in line with local needs.

SMSP group are urging community members to attend Council on Tuesday at 7pm (with swimming gear, snorkels, flippers, signs etc) to witness and celebrate this important vote by Councillors, and to ensure that the vote aligns with community sentiment.

SMSP Floods Council with Submissions


An enjoyable afternoon at the Pool on Sunday once again reinforced the level of community support for Mayfield Pool.

Pool users completed Council Feedback Forms, wrote hand-written submissions, signed petitions, and coloured in "poster-submission" for delivery to Council on the 31st. NBN News and the Newcastle Herald were there, with stories in the paper on on Sunday night's news.

Following the meeting, a 5 page submission was lodged with Council, in the name of the SMSP campaign, detailing the flaws in the proposal to close Mayfield Pool, and the health, community and social justice argument for keeping and improving the pool. This submission was accompanied with:

* a copy of Gionni Di Gravio's presentation of the history of Mayfield Swimming Pool;

* 91 pages of petitions with approximately 2150 signatures;

* 30 Council feedback forms;

* 25 individual, hand-written submissions; and

* 21 kids poster-submissions.

All of this is in addition to the large number of individual submissions have been emailed, posted and dropped in to Council to date. The SMSP group are now awaiting Council's response.

History Of Mayfield Swimming Pool


Gionni di Gravio, Archivist at the University of Newcastle, has put together a slide show about the history of Mayfield Swimming Pool.

The presentation covers the history of the bequeathing and construction of the pool and its connection to Shelly Beach in Mayfield which was given to BHP.

The contents of this presentation can be seen here.

Proposal For Heritage Listing


A letter in support of heritage listing for the Mayfield Swimming Pool has been written by Colin Whelan and forwarded to Ms Janet Dore (General Manager of Newcastle City Council); Ms Sarah Cameron (Heritage Officer); and John Tate (Lord Mayor).

The letter presents several points to support the case for the pool's heritage significance:

1. It would be reasonably open for council to conclude that Mayfield Pool is of significant importance to Mayfield's and Newcastle's historical links to the Broken Hill Propriety (BHP) Company Limited. Conversely the Mayfield pool was given as gift to city on 11 November 1966 by BHP as an appreciation to the people that had provided their labour the the Company for the last 50 years.

Steel making and the people who were involved in the making of steel are an important part of Newcastle's history and Mayfield Pool was their recreational facility. Therefore the pool must be preserved in its current state as an historical memento to the people who worked also lost their lives making steel to Newcastle could prosper.

2. The Mayfield Pool has been in existence for the last Forty Years and in that time a large number of Mayfield people as well as residents from the surrounding suburbs have developed a strong and special association with this pool. And we are all of the same opinion: the Pool is of significant importance to the historical, social and cultural history of Mayfield and Newcastle.

3. It would be reasonably open for council to conclude that Mayfield Pool has become an integral part of the suburb. Moreover it was acknowledged at the September 16 public meeting unanimously that for the last forty years the pool has demonstrated and attributed to the principal characteristics of Mayfield and the surrounding subrubs by providing enjoyment and recreation for thousands of men, women and children.

BHP paid a total of $160,000 for the construction of two pools: an Olympic Size Swimming Pool and a children's swimming pool, it it was not for BHP, Mayfield Swimming Pool may never have been built.

The letter concludes that money must be found to preserve the pool for posterity and to honour the words of the Lord Mayor at the time, F.J.Purdue when he said "On behalf of the citizens of Newcastle I accept this magnificent gift with gratitude".

Consultation Sends Clear Message To Council


The community attendance at Thursday night's Consultation meeting with Council officers at Mayfield Pool was so well attended that it had to be moved to Mayfield East Primary School Hall (thanks to Warwick, the school Principal). Even there the Hall was overflowing!

Council officers had the difficult task of presenting the recommendations of the "Pool Service Delivery Model" report which had provoked our campaign. Following a presentation, members of the community expressed frustration, disbelief and anger at the proposal to close the pool, and put forward many arguments about why the Pool must be kept open and improved in the long term.

Arguments for keeping and improving Mayfield pool included: its historical and social importance; access by local schools; social and environmental benefits of large numbers walking to their local pool; equity impacts if forced to rely on public transport or cars to travel to Lambton to pay an increased admission cost ($5 a visit the projected fee); the potential to improve attendance with improvements; the value of decentralised community services; and many others.

It was noted that the proposed closure of the pool is directly linked to the proposed upgrade and future profitability of the Lambton facility (via Mayfield pool users going to the new centre, and savings helping to pay for the Lambton upgrade), and that this logic was both flawed and unacceptable. Many alternatives were put forward, rejecting the idea that there were only two options: to continue as is or close Mayfield and upgrade Lambton.

Common to these was the idea that Mayfield should be retained and improved for the long term, with things like solar heating / solar power generation for the whole Centre, and consideration of facilities like those in the Proposal, but in "addition" to the maintenance and upgrade of the swimming pool. It was made clear that these ideas do not necessarily mean plans for Lambton cannot go ahead, and that other things should be investigated like free admission as occurs in some other states.

Council officers and the Lord Mayor recorded our input and suggestions, and encouraged people to submit written submissions (due the end of October). Our presence and voice at last night's meeting ought to count for several hundred submissions with a clear message!

The Lord Mayor expressed his support to keep the Pool, and comitted to setting up a small committee of community representatives to work with Council to achieve that outcome, which was welcome news. This is no guarantee, but an important step in our campaign.

Lobbying Council To Save The Pool


The Save Mayfield Swimming Pool group has prepared two documents to assist with lobbying Coucil (and State and Federal Government to maintain and improve our pool.

The first document presents ideas on what to do, while the other has full contact details of councillors and State and Federal members of parliament.

Four Point Position for Mayfield Pool


The second public meeting to Save Mayfield Swimming Pool endorsed four key points as part of the community position on the Pool and its future.

This position was expressed as the basis for lobbying and any negotiating on the future of Mayfield Swimming Pool:

1. Mayfield Swimming Pool must remain in public ownership.

2. Council make a long term commitment to the Pool, at least until 2030.

3. Council commit to improving the Pool in this period.

4. Council support the establishment of an ongoing Pool management committee with community representation.

There is a logical order to these points, based on first ensuring that the proposal to close the pool is rejected by Council. Documents for lobbying councillors, including contact details for all councillors, have been prepared and the SMSP group are urging community members to make use of them and pass them around.

Second Public Meeting Builds Campaign


Another large gathering of over 100 local residents met on Sunday afternoon to report back on the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool campaign, and discuss future campagin actions.

Achievements to date included: printing and delivery of 6000 leaflets; banner painting; protest at Newcastle Council; successful radio, newspaper and television media; petitions and posters in shop fronts; t-shirt enquiries; and a SMSP website at

Participants agreed to continue these activities, with the most immediate task being the need for large numbers at this week's public consultation meeting with Council at the Pool (Thursday 20th, 5:15pm).

In addition to strengthening public support for campaign, participants agreed to develop a written submission for Council making the case to retain and improve our pool. There was a strong sense that this campaign can and will be won through popular support, lobbying Council, and winning the argument...

Council Announces Consultation in Mayfield


Newcastle Council has set dates for a series of Consultations with community members and other stakeholders about the the "Pool Services Delivery Model" that has recommended "removing existing 50m Swimming Pool" in Mayfield.

The Consultation Meeting between the Council and Mayfield Community is set for Thursday September 20, 5:15 - 7:00pm, at Mayfield Swimming Pool.

The Save Mayfield Swimming Pool group is urging community members to attend to send the clear message to Council that Mayfield Pool can and should be upgraded, with new facilities in addition to the 50 metre swimming pool and the kids pool ... "improve it don't remove it!"

The meeting will feature a presentation by Gionni di Gravio, Archivist at the University of Newcastle, honoring the history of the pool.

Council Move To Real Consultation


The efforts of the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool group at the council meeting on Tuesday night have produced a commitment from the Lord Mayor for an extended period of meaningful consultation.

The ABC quotes the Lord Mayor as saying: "There is absolutely no decision until we have this full public consultation and that's what should have happened in the first place ... That's what we've achieved and I think that's a good result. We'll be able to work with the community rather than tell the community what should happen."

The SMSP group welcomes this announcement and will continue to work to ensure that local residents and users of the pool can have a genuine say, and exert some influence, over how this public facility can be improved for the good of the community.

SMSP Goes To Council


Around 80-100 local residents and pool lovers under the banner of the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool group met at the Town Hall on Tuesday night, ready for a quick swim on the front steps, and with a clear message for Newcastle City Council: "Save Mayfield Swimming Pool, Improve it Don't Remove it!"

Once again several generations came together to highlight the breadth and depth of community support for this campaign. Regular shows of support were received from passers by, while a vocal chorus of "What do we want? Mayfield Pool; When do we want it? Always!" brought the meeting upstairs to a halt.

Another of our swimming team delivered a signed poster to the meeting. Television (NBN) and newspaper crews attended, so growing media interest is anticipated over the coming weeks and months.

Media Release: Save Mayfield Swimming Pool


Community gathers to show support for Mayfield Swimming Pool: "Improve it don't remove it."

This evening (Tuesday 28th) residents of Mayfield, Tighes Hill, Islington and Carrington wearing goggles, snorkels, flippers and other swimming gear will gather at City Hall to show support for Mayfield Swimming Pool. The protest will coincide with the formal tabling of a recently leaked and controversial consultant's report proposing the closure of the much loved Pool.

"Mayfield Swimming Pool is an important part of our community life", said Brian Gaffney, spokesperson for Save Mayfield Swimming Pool. At a hastily organised meeting in Mayfield last Sunday week ago, more than 150 adults and children attended and unanimously condemned the proposal to close the pool. Also represented were numerous community organisations including Mayfield Mainstreet, Mayfield Community Forum and the Coaltion of Schools to Save Mayfield Pool, comprising all local schools as well as the unions representing teachers in public, Catholic and private schools.

"Many speakers shared stories of the importance of the pool in their lives, and the life of our community. Older residents remember the last time, 10 or so years ago, when Council tried to close the pool. Mayfield Swimming Pool needs Council to recognise its community value, not neglect it or close it."

"We want to ensure our treasured Mayfield Swimming Pool is retained and enhanced. We want to work with Council to improve both the facilities and swimmer numbers. We say'Improve it don't remove it'".

"Residents honour the pool's history, acknowledge the pool's current social value and anticipate the important role the pool will play in our community's future. The proposal before Council does none of these things." concluded Mr Gaffney.

Petition To Save Mayfield Pool


The Save Mayfield Swimming Pool (SMSP) group has prepared a petition form to start the campaign.

These will be circulated throughout the community for signatures to demonstrate the broad level of public support for keeping the Mayfield Pool operating.

Teacher Union Support Mayfield Pool


Local members of the Independent Education Union have called on Newcastle Council to keep Mayfield Swimming Pool Open.

They have raised the issue with Newcastle Trades Hall Council who have added their support for the campaign.

Mayfield Community Decides To Save Its Pool


A public meeting held on Sunday August 19 launched a campaign to save Mayfield public swimming pool.

This follows a leaked report, commissioned by Newcastle City Council, recommending the pool be replaced with a water slide.

Around 150 people attended the meeting, made up of babies and shool-age children, their parents and grandparents. These local residents, and representatives of community groups, opposed the logic of "user pays" for community services like Mayfield's public swimming pool, and called on Council to enhance the pool with additional services rather than remove it.

Proposals included an upgrade of the cafe facilities, more shade covered areas, solar heating for the pool as part of a broader ecologically sustainable project, learn to swim classes, community involvement in the pool's management, and improved adjoining playground facilities for children.

An important outcome of the meeting was the formation of the Save Mayfield Swimming Pool (SMSP) group whose role is the coordination of the campaign activities to support and save the pool.

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