With swimming season just around the corner, Gwydir Shire Council has announced it has decided to trial free entry to both its pools for the 2020/2021 swimming season. Free entry will apply to Gwydir Shire residents only and such entry will need to comply with COVID Safety Plans.
There will be an overall limit to the number of people who can be onsite at each pool at any one time. These limits are yet to be finalised with the pool lessees as Council needs to consider what time will have to be allocated to additional cleaning and supervision. Further information regarding all requirements will be available before the pools open.
This year both of the Shire’s pools will open later than the usual time of the October long-weekend. The amenities at the Warialda Swimming Pool are currently being upgraded thanks to funding received through the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund, causing a slight delay. The renovations include an upgrade of the existing plumbing, construction of new all-access amenities, installation of new shower and toilet partition doors, toilets, and floor tiles. New guttering will also be installed in the female amenities. It is hoped that the Warialda Swimming Pool will open in coming weeks.
Council had hoped that the Bingara Swimming Pool Centre would be open the first week of November however this date now seems unlikely. Currently a determination needs to be made as to whether to wait until the whole precinct is complete to open, or to open the new pool using the existing kiosk and entry.
The pool precinct project is progressing well with the shade sails erected over the splash program pool, the pool tiling all but complete, and the concourse formed. The pump and plant rooms are currently being constructed. Council will seek feedback from its stakeholders and an update regarding opening will be provided soon.