Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Pemberton pool’s heritage celebrated

    6/06/2012 12:00 AM
    • Unique freshwater swimming pool to be State heritage listed

    One of the State’s most picturesque freshwater swimming pools, Pemberton Swimming Pool, has entered the State Register of Heritage Places.


    Formed by damming a natural watercourse within a forest setting, the pool has been used by locals and tourists going back to the 1930s.


    Heritage Minister John Castrilli said over the years the Pemberton community had worked hard to keep this public competition-sized pool up and running.


    “This is an inspirational story of an isolated but thriving forestry community who banded together to build a swimming pool for the benefit of the wider community,” Mr Castrilli said.


    “With limited resources, they relied upon innovation and determination to succeed with almost every local worker and citizen donating five shillings to the cause,” he said.


    “The area was also a picnic ground, with a running track for sports, and playground facilities for children set against the backdrop of the nearby karri forest.


    “The pool later hosted an annual swimming carnival attended by up to 1,500 people, and was a big drawcard for tourists to the South-West,” the Minister said.


    Pemberton Visitor Centre took over the Pemberton Forest Park in 1984, which included the Pemberton Swimming Pool and the Caravan Park.


    In 2004, Pemberton Visitor Centre successfully applied through the South West Development Commission, the Shire of Manjimup and others for grants to upgrade Pemberton Swimming Pool.


    Today, surrounded by new mountain bike trails and jump tracks used for the annual Pemberton Relentless Blue Cross Country State events, it continues to be an admired community attraction within the Pemberton Forest Park.


          Fact File

    • The State Register of Heritage Places is managed by the Heritage Council of WA and the State Heritage Office
    • For more information visit http://www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au

    Minister’s office - 6552 6600