Swan saved

• The Swan mosaic at Maylands Waterland.

Waterlands pools remain in limbo

THE future of Maylands Waterland is still murky, but the Swan mosaic marking the state’s 150th anniversary will be saved.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Bayswater councillors voted down 6-5 a motion from Cr Elli Petersen-Pik to retain the pools.

His motion attempted to rescind a previous council decision to not spend $3 million-plus on refurbishing the ageing park on Clarkson Road.

However, Friends of Maylands Waterland chair Josh Eveson tells us they’re feeling optimistic after presenting council with a “hybrid” option, where a section of Waterland is free.

There could be a free kids splash pad like they have at Hyde Park, and the pools, which require fences and lifeguards, could be in a paid section.

But with council grant applications still outstanding and future meetings between the city to come, there’s only one certainty – we’re keeping the Swan.

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, who wants to keep the park open, got unanimous support on Tuesday night for her motion to preserve the WA Swan mosaic in the large pool.

The mosaic was installed for the state’s 150th celebrations in 1979.

Cr Ehrhardt says whatever happens to the park, the Swan tiles should be preserved and mounted somewhere prominent in Maylands.

More than than 4500 people have signed the Friends’ online petition to postpone closing Waterland.

by DAVID BELL

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