Brawl among youth closes Drouin pool for two days
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 19:10, Monday 7 January 2013
THE DROUIN Outdoor Pool was closed today and will remain closed tomorrow after a brawl broke out at the venue on Sunday.
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A Baw Baw Shire Council spokesperson told The Warragul Citizen the brawl began after a patron was punched in the pool.
Those in the group involved were aged between 12 and 15 years.
“Lifeguards first pulled the young person who had been punched from the pool and isolated him and later put themselves in danger to ensure the wellbeing of patrons,” the spokesperson said.
“Due to this antisocial and violent behaviour, the pool will be closed today and tomorrow.
“The pool will re-open on Wednesday 9 January for early morning swims and, pending the weather, normal hours.”
The spokesperson said police and ambulance were called to the venue and it is unknown if the offenders are the same as those who caused the pool to close last year.
The spokesperson apologised for the closure on the behalf of the council.
“Council understands that the closure is an inconvenience to the broad community during hot weather, however there needs to be consequences of unacceptable behaviour,” the spokesperson said.
“A zero tolerance approach will continue to be taken on unacceptable behaviour.
“Council [and] the YMCA urges all parents to attend the pool to supervise their children and ensure a safe, family-friendly environment.
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