A strong spirit of working together has emerged during discussions with local swimming organisations to plan for a summer with only one public pool open in Tamworth.
Tamworth Regional Council Acting Manager Sports and Recreation, Peter Watling, said there has been strong co-operation among pool user groups to create a schedule to accommodate all swimmers’ needs at one location.
“Since Councillors decided in August that Scully Pool would open for the new season, we have been talking with all user groups to come up with a plan to ensure they have the pool access they need while also meeting the needs of the general community,” he said.
“It has been a challenge to program the activities of two Tamworth pools into one but there has been a great willingness to compromise shown by our local aquatic clubs.
“By working together to put achievable options to Council they have ensured we could accommodate general community needs at one pool.”
In August, Tamworth Region Councillors decided to temporarily amend the Drought Management Plan to allow the opening of Scully Pool and Kootingal Memorial Swimming Pool at Level 5 Water Restrictions on the condition that pool water is sourced from a non-potable supply. They also agreed to review the temporary arrangement when water level at Chaffey Dam approaches 15 per cent capacity.
Mr Watling said ongoing cooperation from all pool users is needed to make the changes work when the new swimming season starts locally on Monday 14 October, 2019.
“Council has listened to the community’s request to open Scully Pool and Kootingal Pool, our aquatics clubs have compromised with combined training sessions and club nights,” he said. “And now Council is seeking the community’s support and patience to work with us to make the single Tamworth pool arrangement work for everyone.”
Scully Pool will open for the new swimming season on Monday 14 October, 2019 from 5.30am to 6pm daily. The usual extended closing time of 7pm in January will apply.
Kootingal Pool will open on Monday 14 October, 2019 from noon to 6pm daily. It will also remain open until 7pm in January, as is the usual practice.
Council pools at Barraba and Nundle will open on Tuesday 15 October, 2019 as they both operate from Tuesday to Sunday.
The opening of Manilla Memorial Swimming Pool has unfortunately been postponed until next month due to some maintenance works taking longer than planned.
“Major works need to be carried out to reconstruct a section of one pool wall plus some essential repairs to reduce water leakage,” Mr Watling said. “The pool also needed to be completely repainted and this can only take place after the other works are finished.
“We are aiming at early November for this pool to open.”
For more about each pool’s hours, see Council’s website https://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/aquaticfacilities