Following discussion at its monthly meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved that both Quirindi and Werris Creek swimming pools will open on Saturday October 28 and close on Friday March 30 for the 2017/18 swimming season.
“During the 2017/18 season both Quirindi and Werris Creek swimming pools will operate for the same hours. From 28 October to 19 November the operating hours will be 2pm to 6pm (weekends 11am to 6pm), from 20 November to 17 December 11am to 6pm (seven days per week), from 18 December to 28 January (school holidays) 10am to 7pm (seven days a week), from 29 January to 25 February Midday to 8pm (seven days per week) and 26 February to 30 March 2pm to 6pm (weekends 11am to 6pm),” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The cost to operate both pools exceeds the income received, however Council understand their importance as recreational facilities and have taken on board community feedback received during formulation of the Community Strategic Plan in setting the hours, particularly hours of operation during the hotter months and school holidays, to better meet community aspirations,” he said.
“Between the end of October 2016 and March 2017 approximately 14,850 used Werris Creek pool and 18,280 used Quirindi pool. These figures include season and non-season pass holders, school groups, swim clubs and families. Because of the improved figures at Werris Creek we have extended their hours in-line with Quirindi’s and hope even better numbers can be achieved,” he continued.
“To further improve amenity at Werris Creek pool hot water is being added to the existing showers facilities, the amenities are being refurbished, a disabled amenities room is being added and the entry foyer is being upgraded. Quotations for the work have been sought from local contractors and we hope to have it completed for the opening of the swimming season,” he said.
“Council management and staff are continualy reviewing the figures and investigating ideas to improve patronage, pool facilities and the aquatic experience to assist in reducing the operational deficit.
“To further enhance the pool experience Council recently purchased an ‘inflatable’ feature which will spend time at both pools during the season. It will be anchored in the deeper section of the pool, is able to be barricaded off and is accesible from the edge of the pool. Because it has to be managed by a lifeguard there will be a slight additional cost associated with it but that will allow a person to use it for the entire hours it is in the pool on any given day,” he continued.
“Council has also been discussing the requirements of both pools’ swimming clubs as well as the needs of local schools. We will do our best to meet their expectations and will have further information on this process before the season opens,” he said.
“Council hopes as many people as possible will utilise, what are effectively the community’s facilities, that increased patronage will ensue and operating costs can be minimised. Council’s 2017/18 budget provides the funding to cover the hours outlined, we will closely monitor usage and may adjust hours if patronage does not meet expectations to get the best value for ratepayers funds,” Councillor Hope concluded.