The Narrogin Shire council has blocked the introduction of a “No school, no pool” policy to address truancy issues in Narrogin. Last year, the Shire recorded about 200 school-aged Narrogin children not enrolled in, or often failing to attend, school programs. The policy, which Shire president Leigh Ballard said was an Education Department request, would have led to students who were suspended or “wagging” school being denied entry into the recreation centre on that day. When the policy was put to the community, the council received no response from local schools. Cr Ballard said at the meeting it worried him that schools appeared not to be on board. He said the policy seemed particularly negative. This sentiment was echoed by other councillors, with Cr Jacqui Early saying she saw many potential issues with the policy. She said she would rather the council put out a more positive incentive-based program, rather than a punitive approach. Cr Brian Seale described it as “just another example of State Government handballing a problem to local government” and said he did not think truancy was within the Shire’s jurisdiction. The policy has been implemented in other areas in WA and around Australia. Cr Sophie Lushey said the recreation centre was a fairly safe place for children. “They are far better off at the recreation centre than down some back alleyway,” she said. After the meeting, Cr Ballard said there were a lot of concerns about whether the policy would be beneficial for all students. “There were too many unanswered questions for us to be able to put it through as a local law,” he said. Councillors voted against the policy seven votes to two.