In 2005 Yuendumu Community Council (YCC) was informed they had been successful in their application for a swimming pool through the Pools in Remote Areas (PIRA) Scheme. When the news came in, the YCC was in administration mode and could not accept grants. The YCC administrator asked WYDAC to take over the grant and construct the pool. The WYDAC Board agreed to manage the construction of the pool, and to hand over the Central Desert Shire (who had replaced the local Council) at the end of the first year of operation.
A big mob of middle school young fellas crashed our ‘how do we keep the pool open without funds’ meeting facilitated by Royal Life Saving recently.
In 2009-2010, the Yuendumu Swimming Pool established itself as a major feature of the Mt Theo Program and indeed one of the principal elements of community pride. Located in the centre of the community it provides a central positive and healthy focus to youth and community activity. In the middle of the Yuendumu Summer there [...]
UPDATE 13/08/10: Yuendumu elders rock! Today, they approved $100k from royalty funds to run the pool. Add this to $49k from NT Government, funds raised from Mt Theo BBQ’s on Sports Weekend, and sales of Dog Ear Cafe, and we can start the pool up for another year. BIG thanks go out to GMAAAC mob! [...]
The swimming pool was officially opened on 27th October, 2008 by Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin, Member for Stuart Karl Hampton, Thomas Jangala Rice (Chairperson), Jean Napanangka Brown (Chairperson), members of the Kantor family and the Jaru Pirrjirdi Lifeguards. At last, the dream unfolds. Excitement is mounting in Yuendumu. The frustrations of the [...]