Lap swimmers will enjoy
continued access to Kardinia Aquatic Centre for the rest of this year after a
Council decision to fund its opening for the remainder of the off-season.
The 50-metre outdoor pool typically opens between October and April only, closing
during the colder months.
But, since being opened in June to provide more opportunities for swimmers
during the period of COVID-19 restrictions, it has proven particularly popular.
The facility attracted 1610
visits between 12 and 28 June, an occupancy rate of 83 per cent based on
This made it the most occupied City-managed pool for the period, just ahead of
Leisurelink with 72 per cent occupancy. (Leisurelink, with longer opening hours, attracted 3442 visits)
Reflecting this popularity,
the Council voted on Tuesday night to include $300,000 in its latest COVID-19 support package to allow Kardinia Aquatic Centre to stay open throughout July,
August and September.
It will then remain open for
the standard swimming season from October onwards.
The $300,000 allocation will fund staff, pool heating and
maintenance and other operational costs.
The facility is open to everyone in the community, with COVID-19 gathering
limits meaning bookings are essential. Call 5221 4910 or visit www.ssl.geelongaustralia.com.au to reserve a time.
Kardinia Aquatic Centre – winter opening hours
Monday to Friday: 5:30-9:30am; 12:00-2:00pm; 4:00-6:00pm
Entry: $6 for adults, $5 concession and
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
The decision to
include this funding in our COVID-19 support package reflects the Council’s
desire to support the community to be active during the pandemic, which has
huge benefits for our physical and mental health.
Swimmers have loved making use of the 50-metre outdoor pool during the winter –
the cold weather definitely hasn’t been a deterrent. Councillors have had
consistent emails from the community telling us how much they’ve enjoyed having
Kardinia Aquatic Centre open, so it was an easy decision to keep that
Cr Ron Nelson, Chair, Sport and Recreation portfolio:
Keeping Kardinia Aquatic Centre open for the remainder of the
off-season gives swimmers extra options during this period of gathering limits.
It’s also a different experience to the indoor pools. I know a lot of people
feel invigorated by swimming outdoors on these very cold winter mornings we’ve
been having lately. We think this is a good investment in our community’s health and wellbeing
during a very difficult time and I’m proud to endorse it.