New pool hour boon for lap swim­mers

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Lap swim­mers will be able to ac­cess Wiluna swim­ming pool an hour ear­lier af­ter the coun­cil ap­proved a change in open­ing hours.

A re­port from the pool’s op­er­a­tor Bel­gravia Leisure said man­ager Lester Ball ad­vised that stay­ing open af­ter 6pm was not a “pro­duc­tive use of time”.

“To date, the pool has not been used by the com­mu­nity af­ter 6pm, in­clud­ing when tem­per­a­tures have reached 40C,” the re­port says.

“Adding an hour to the morn­ing ses­sion, which is a time that is pri­mar­ily pa­tro­n­ised by low-risk users (lap swim­mers), would pro­vide more suit­able time for Lester to com­plete his main­te­nance du­ties.

“Whilst these tasks could be com­pleted af­ter 6pm, there is a higher risk of a child wan­der­ing into the fa­cil­ity com­pared to the early morn­ing, while Lester is dis­tracted when he is clean­ing, mow­ing the lawn, etc.” Cr Car­o­line Thomas moved a mo­tion to change the open­ing. Cr Norma Ward sec­onded and all voted in favour. The new open­ing hours are Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day from 5am-7am, 10am-noon and 1.30pm-6pm, week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days from 9am-noon, 1.30pm-6pm and school hol­i­day week­days from 5am-7am, 10am-noon, 1.30pm-6pm. The pool is closed on Wed­nes­days.

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