Off-season pool opening extended

Friday, 3 July 2020

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 gathering limits.

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 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

Saturday: 8:00-11:00am

Sunday: Closed  

Entry: $6 for adults, $5 concession and children.

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 going.

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.

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