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Homeless bushfire victims given swim passes.
Homeless bushfire victims were gifted free swim passes for Shire of Mundaring swimming pools.

Swim passes for homeless fire victims

By Rebecca Peppiatt 

VICTIMS of the Wooroloo Bushfire still living in temporary accommodation were gifted some free passes for Shire of Mundaring swimming pools recently, in a bid to continue to help the community recover from the devastating February 2021 event.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the gesture at their November meeting, saying it would be very much appreciated by those who need it.

“I think this is a wonderful gesture and it’s a great way of giving to those people that have suffered the loss of their homes, so that over the summer they can have the opportunity to enjoy the pools,” Cr John Daw, who moved the motion, said.

The motion was originally to provide each of the families 10 passes each, but Cr Doug Jeans argued that wouldn’t be enough.

“I think it’s good that the Shire actually looks at ways of assisting in the very difficult circumstances these people and families have found themselves in,” he said.

“But because it states in the report there’s possibly no material cost to the Shire … I would like to have the motion amended to allow that they apply for another book if they use their complete book within that period when the pool is open.”

The Shire report stated there were 13 adults and six children still living without a home.

The report was amended to offer them the use of three books of swimming passes, totalling 30 visits.

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