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Media Statement - Trial Operating Hours for Pools

Warrumbungle Shire Council operates six public swimming pool facilities within the Council area at Baradine, Binnaway, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo and Mendooran. ‚Äč

At Community Consultation Meetings held in 2018 Council received several requests to increase opening times at each of the pools. In particular, requests were to allow access during morning periods and to extend opening times beyond 6:00pm in the evening. 

In 2016 Council introduced unsupervised sessions for lap swimmers who are season ticket holders between the hours of 6.00am and 8.00am at all pools following a trial period in Baradine during the 2015 season. The early morning lap swimming session for season ticket holders was well received and utilisation during this period has generally increased. 

To accommodate the demand for increased and more suitable pool hours a new set of pool opening timetables for each town is currently being trialed for pools in Baradine, Binnaway and Mendooran. The trial timetable includes later closing times and increases the unsupervised operating times for season ticket holders.

This season pool operations across the Shire have been adversely impacted by the lack of availability of trained lifeguards which has resulted in some short term pool closures. Council has been regularly advertising for lifeguards but has only had limited success. As the season starts drawing to an end fewer lifeguards are available which will mean further pool closures at times when lifeguards are required for supervised sessions.
 
The trial operating hours, along with general operations of all pools, will be reviewed at year end with the review to include the recruitment of lifeguards and other pool staff.

Poll Attendance Data: 2015 – 2018

 

Baradine

Binnaway

Coolah

Coonabarabran

Dunedoo

Mendooran

2015/16

7,519

4,644

10,929

14,797

10,686

4,889

2016/17

8,444

3,090

11,218

15,643

10,529

5,588

2017/18

6,979

2,804

13,930

16,544

11,359

6,466

Average

7,647

3,513

12,026

15,661

10,858

5,648

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Last Updated: 22 Feb 2019

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