Call to review pool hours

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

A PE­TI­TION signed by 123 lo­cal res­i­dents was pre­sented to Mans­field Shire Coun­cil at its monthly meet­ing last Tues­day.

Res­i­dents have re­quested the open­ing times of the Mans­field Aquatic Cen­tre – coun­cil owned out­door swim­ming pool – be re­viewed to al­low for more early morn­ing swim­mers to take ad­van­tage of lane lap­ping.

Fiona Green­way a ddressed coun­cil say­ing there were many peo­ple who wanted to swim as their daily ex­er­cise early in the morn­ing – be­fore work­ing hours – how­ever, the pool was only open two days a week to ac­com­mo­date Mans­field Swim­ming Club mem­bers.

Pre­sent­ing f ur­ther facts and fig­ures Ms Green­way said more work­ers are now opt­ing to swim­ming for their ex­er­cise and pre­ferred morn­ings.

“Open­ing early on Tues­day and Thurs­day will as­sist to re­duce the con­ges­tion when the swim club is train­ing,” Ms Green­way said.

The pool cur­rently opens early on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day morn­ings to ac­com­mo­date the swim club train­ing ses­sions.

Ms Green­way s uggested t o coun­cil t hat a new con­tract be en­tered into for the next sea­son and could in­clude re­vised hours.

“The pool also needs to raise its pro­file and to en­cour­age more pa­trons,” she said.

She said res­i­dents were not ask­ing coun­cil to ex­tend the open­ing hours of the pool but to review its open­ing hours to ac­com­mo­date pa­trons when they wanted to use it and times more con­ve­nient to them.

Ms Green­way pointed out that at times the pool was open but no-one was there.

She al s o t ol d c oun­cil t hat swim­ming is good for health and fit­ness which sup­ports Coun­cil’s Health and Well­be­ing Plan, has phys­i­cal ben­e­fits be­ing a low im­pact ex­er­cise and al­le­vi­ates stress – low­er­ing men­tal health is­sues.

Ms Green­way pointed out to coun­cil­lors that other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties such as Be­nalla and Mur­rindindi in­clude early morn­ing swim­ming hours and have ad­justed t heir open­ing hours ac­cord­ing to us­age through­out the day.

Mans­field Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Alex Green said be­fore the be­gin­ning of the next sea­son the con­tract would be up for re­newal and this would give coun­cil an op­por­tu­nity to look at op­er­a­tional hours of the pool.

OPEN EARLY: Res­i­dents have called for a re­vi­sion of open­ing hours for the Mans­field swim­ming pool in sum­mer to ac­com­mo­date early morn­ing lap swim­mers.

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