Ready, set, splash – pools set to open on 16 November

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It’s that time of year again! Swimming season. And Murrindindi Shire Council’s Marysville, Yea, Eildon and Alexandra pools are all set to open on Saturday 16 November.

Recreation and Youth Portfolio Councillor, Charlie Bisset said as per our much-loved tradition, admission will be free at all the pools on opening weekend.

“This pool season is set to run until Monday 9 March (Labour Day) 2020. As usual the pools will be open from 3pm-6pm Monday to Friday during school term, and 1pm to 6pm on weekends, school holidays and public holidays (excluding Christmas Day). This, of course, is subject to the mercury rising to 21 degrees. If the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a lower temperature in a pool location, we don’t open that pool – except for private bookings and morning laps, of course,” Cr Bisset said.

“Morning laps will be on again at each of the pools on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – check our website for times. And on days when the temperature hovers at 38 degrees, we’ll aim to extend opening hours to 8pm where possible.

“We do our absolute best to match the opening hours of the pools with peak demand times and across the hottest part of the day, but we do have some operating costs and staff availability constraints. We understand that these times don’t work for everyone, but the pools are booked by many local schools and community groups for all sorts of programs, from swimming lessons to swim club to sports carnivals and exercise activities.

“Our pools are a really important community asset and Council is committed to ensuring everyone who wants to, is able to access them. Earlier this year, we ran a ‘pools feedback survey’ and we received 548 responses from the community. This input has been valuable and is being used as part of an ongoing review of our pools and how they are providing community benefit,” Cr Bisset said.

“I’m looking forward to ‘diving into’ another pool season,” Cr Bisset added.

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