Coun­cil pulls plug on swim­ming pool

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

SWIM CLUB: Gayn­dah Swim­ming Club mem­bers were all smiles af­ter the end of the 2016-17 sea­son.

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