Southside pool hours cut

ROCKHAMPTON'S southside swimming pool's hours are being cut to save ratepayers' money, while keeping the newly heated pool open throughout winter.

Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow received a cool response from many residents last week when she proposed the complete closure of the World War II Memorial Pool.

But after receiving a report from a council officer, she and other councillors yesterday agreed to keep it open during peak hours.

The decision is expected to save council at least $20,000 a month.

Cr Strelow said it cost $60,000 a month to run the pool, but the council report predicted the new hours to cost up to $40,000.

Cr Cherie Rutherford, the chairwoman of the council's Parks and Recreation Committee, said the council had conducted a survey, canvassing the opinion of swimmers.

Cr Rutherford said while the changes did not suit everyone, she did not expect to see a dramatic drop in swimmers.

In fact, Cr Rutherford said many groups, who were unaware the heated pool was up and running, had shown interest in booking sessions at the pool.

Cr Strelow said the pool's heating system needed to remain switched on whether people were in it or not.

And Cr Rutherford said the pool was not running as smoothly as they had hoped and they intended to fix it while it was on.

The amended operating hours will finish on August 31.

But Cr Strelow said next winter it would be all switched on and ready to go.


New hours

  • Monday to Friday: 6am-9am and 3pm-6pm
  • Saturday: 7-11am
  • Sunday: closed

Topics:  cherie rutherford margaret strelow rockhampton rockhampton regional council swimming pool

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