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Mayor admits ‘argy-bargy politics’ has sparked stalemate over Parramatta Pool

Parramatta Council’s mayor admits “argy-bargy politics” has caused a stalemate on a new public pool.

Residents are still without a pool after the old one was demolished to make way for a new stadium in Western Sydney.

The state government eventually committed $30 million to construct a similar pool.

But talks with the local council have broken down.

They want more money to build a better facility and have repeatedly knocked back the state government’s offer.

New South Wales Sports Minister Stuart Ayres told Ben Fordham on Monday he’s had enough with the stalemate and they’ll build a pool with the council’s help or not.

“I’ve got no time for political thuggery here or incompetence, so the people of Parramatta are getting a pool and we’ll build it for them,” he said.

Parramatta City Council’s Mayor Andrew Wilson admits to Ben there has been “argy-bargy politics”.

Mayor Wilson says he wants to proceed with the pool and help the state government but doesn’t have the full support of the council.

“They haven’t supported me on this issue, no.

“I would hope that at some point I can make my councilors think this is for the people of Parramatta.

“They deserve a first-class pool.”

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