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Historic Pemberton pool wins recognition
Pemberton Visitor Centre president Mark Hudson is thrilled the Pemberton Swimming Pool has been heritage listed.

Pemberton Swimming Pool has entered the WA State Register of Heritage Places.

Created in 1929 by damming a natural watercourse within a stunning forest setting on the edge of town, the pristine pool has been a popular beauty spot for more than 80 years.

Pemberton Visitor Centre president Mark Hudson said the heritage listing was the culmination of a five-year process to get the pool recognised on a State level.

‘‘The pool is the only one of its kind in the South West and was built by the mill workers,’’ Mr Hudson said.

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

In 2004 the visitor centre won funding to upgrade the pool.

Today it is surrounded by mountain bike trails and jump tracks and continues to be a popular place for picnics and various community events, as well as an ideal location for children staying a t Pembe r ton Camp School to go canoeing and rafting.

Mr Hudson said there were a number of exciting plans in the pipeline for the pool and the area in general.

‘‘The heritage listing gives us an advantage when we’re competing for funding. It means we’re recognised as a special place of significance,’’ he said.

One proposal for the pool, to put a sound shell at the site to host outdoor music concerts, is in the planning stages with the University of Western Australia, Mr Hudson said.

Heritage Minister John Castrilli congratulated the Pemberton volunteers who worked hard to keep the 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,’’ he said.

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