|23 October 2019
With the warmer weather fast approaching, Wattle Range Council’s preparations for swim season are in full swing. The season runs from 1 November to 31 March each year, but with the hot weather forecast this week, Council staff have been working hard to open the Penola Pool a week early. The Millicent Swimming Lake and Nangwarry Pool are on track to open from 1 November.
Regular swimmers may see some new faces at the Penola and Nangwarry Pool this season as Council has contracted out the supervision of the pools.
“We sought expressions of interest from local businesses to supervise the pools and are pleased to advise that Innovative Leisure Management have been awarded the contract” said CEO Ben Gower.
“Peter Collins leads an experienced team and oversees the Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre. We are confident that visitors and residents will continue to see a high level of service from lifeguards during public opening hours and special events.”
This partnership also allows Council to explore opportunities for the community such as a 'learn to swim' program.
Council is always looking at ways to improve the facilities and ensure they are fit for purpose. “We want these facilities to be the best they can be, while ensuring that the running costs are affordable so that the service can continue to be free.”
Improvements this season include new steps and handrails at Nangwarry Pool for easier entry. “The community told us that people were struggling to get out of the pool with the original steps inlaid in the wall. Council has installed new concrete steps, with dual hand rails, which encourage those with mobility issues to use the pool.”
This project had financial support from the Nangwarry Pool Committee and the steps will be painted at the end of the season.
“We also heard from the Nangwarry community that they wanted to have the pool open later on hot nights. After reviewing the attendance last year, we have adjusted the opening hours over the summer period so this can occur. We also saw that when the temperatures were under 23 degrees, there was very little use of the Nangwarry Pool.”
When the forecast temperature is 23 degrees and over, the Nangwarry Pool will open from 3-6pm on weekdays and 2- 6pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. When there are people at the facility, the pool will stay open until 7pm or until the last patron leaves, whichever comes first.
The Penola Pool is open when the forecast temperature is 20 or over, weekdays from 3-6pm and 1-6pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. On hot nights, the Penola Pool will stay open until 8.30pm or until the last patron leaves.
The Millicent Swimming Lake is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week during the swimming season.
More information is available on Council’s website www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/swimmingfacilities
Above: The new steps installed at the Nangwarry Pool to assist easier entry.
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For further information please contact:
Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900