Learn-to-swim instructor Melissa Galvin with (From left) Keenan (6), Evol (11) and Sania (1) Richardson make the most of the new shade sails that have been installed at Gracemere Swimming Pool.
Learn-to-swim instructor Melissa Galvin with (From left) Keenan (6), Evol (11) and Sania (1) Richardson make the most of the new shade sails that have been installed at Gracemere Swimming Pool. CHRIS ISON CI

Gracemere pool puts on its shades

FOR more than a year, hundreds of youngsters were forced to have swimming lessons each week at the Gracemere Swimming Pool with no shade from the sun.

But this week, about one month after a Morning Bulletin front page story exposed the situation, new shade sails were installed.

Previous shade protection had been destroyed during a storm in 2008 and despite complaints from parents last year, nothing was done to replace the infrastructure.

At the time, the owner of the facility, Education Queensland, said funding applications for the project had been rejected, which was the reason for the delay.

Pool manager Sonya Galvin yesterday applauded the State Government department for replacing the sails before the start of the school year.

“We’ve already seen a small increase in pool users. We’ve certainly has some new families in this week,” she said.

“For us, the shade sails are fabulous and they’re really important for the kids’ protection.”

The shade sails and installations cost $6782 and have a UV rating of 93.

Mrs Galvin said she hoped the new infrastructure would make functions at the pool more popular, starting on Tuesday with an Australia Day family fun day.

“We hope to get some more shading around the pool in the future for parents and kids to sit under,” she said.

Cr Sandra O’Brien, who was outspoken about the issue in December, yesterday said it was great news for local children and their parents.

“I think they have waited long enough and I am really glad it’s finally happened,” Cr O’Brien said.

“The users of the pool are the big winners here.”

Education Queensland Infrastructure Services Deputy director general Alan Wagner said QBuild sub-contracted the work to install the shade sails at Gracemere Swimming Pool to local business Swain’s Canvas, with funding from the Queensland Government’s State Schools of Tomorrow External Program.



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