Council pulls plug on swimming pool
SWIMMING: The start of the Gayndah Swimming Club’s season has been delayed with the North Burnett Regional Council declaring the Gayndah Public Swimming Pool is not yet ready for use.
A council spokesperson said unforeseen issues meant that the pool was not available for public use.
“Residents are advised that due to facility issues the opening of the Gayndah Swimming Pool has been temporarily delayed,” the spokesperson said.
“Council will advise the proposed opening date once confirmed.
“Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.”
Gayndah Swimming Club secretary Stacey Bramley said she has written to members to inform them of the delay.
“Unfortunately this means the start of our swimming club season will also be delayed,” she said.
“If there any swimmers intending to train for upcoming carnivals who are struggling to find alternate arrangements, please contact us and we can help explore the options with you.”
The delay could impact on swimmers’ form with a series of club challenge carnivals scheduled to be held across the Burnett, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast later this month.
The club challenges are to be held on Saturday, October 21 at Wondai, Maryborough and Nambour.
The Burnett/Fraser, Sunshine Coast and South Burnett Club Challenge nominations close on Sunday, October 8.
Gayndah Swimming Club meets are held each Thursday from 6pm at the Gayndah Swimming Pool from October through to April.
For further information, phone the council’s technical services staff on 1300 696 272.
Supporters have praised the swimming club, saying joining allows children and teens to hone their swimming abilities as well as have fun in a great, friendly atmosphere and it is also a great way to teach kids safety around the water.
The number of drownings involving children aged 0-4 has increased by 32% in the last year according to Royal Lifesaving Society figures.
Royal Lifesaving Society chief executive officer Justin Scarr said it was a sobering reminder about the importance of teaching kids safety around water and how to swim well.
“Kids love pools, but they can pose a significant drowning risk,” he said.
❝ Any swimmers intending to train for upcoming carnivals, contact us and we can help explore the options.
— Stacey Bramley
SWIM CLUB: Gayndah Swimming Club members were all smiles after the end of the 2016-17 season.