Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has resolved to hold a six week trial to determine the demand for an early morning swim session at Werris Creek swimming pool.
According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the trial will take place on Tuesday mornings between 6am and 8am. He said usage will be monitored to determine if the session should be maintained.
“The trial is in addition to extended hours of operation that have been instituted for Werris Creek pool during the 2017/2018 swim season which commences on Saturday October 28. Additionally, hot water is being added to the existing shower facilities, the amenities are being refurbished, a disabled amenities room is being added and the entry foyer is being upgraded. To further enhance the pool experience Council has purchased an ‘inflatable’ feature which will spend time at both the Shire’s pools during the season. We are also investigating movie nights at the pools utilising Council’s pop-up screen,” he said.
“Quirindi pool will again have early morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6am and 8.30am,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said pool season passes will be available at the Recreation Centre from October 3 and will be available at the pools once they open for the season.
“Early bird discounts apply if season passes are purchased prior to November 30 and will cost $195 for families, $120 for an adult and $87 for children. After this date they will cost $230, $135 and $99 respectively.
“The cost for daily entrance will be $5.50 Adult, $3.50 children and pensioners, $16 family and $2 for spectators,” he continued.
“Dates for swimming lessons will be announced shortly and I encourage parents/carers to ensure that their children are safe around water. Children under five are the age group that is most at risk of drowning and the majority occur in and around the home, most commonly in home swimming pools. 5 good reasons your children should undertake swimming classes are; lessons provide your kids with confidence, it is great for self-esteem, your child will learn about safety in and around water, swimming is a great way to exercise, it aids earlier development of physical skills including hand-eye coordination and muscle tone and it enhances social and personal skills,” he said.
“Council hopes as many people as possible will utilise, what are effectively the community’s facilities. Increased patronage will ensue operating costs can be minimised. Council’s 2017/18 budget provides the funding to cover planned operating hours. To ensure we prudently spend rate-payers funds, Council will closely monitor usage and may adjust hours if patronage does not meet expectations,” Councillor Hope concluded.