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Cowes Pool Unable To Open This Summer

Council and YMCA prioritising community safety.

By Portal Admin - 2nd February 2021 - Back to News

Over recent years, Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with the YMCA, have opened the Cowes Primary Schools swimming pool over the summer holiday period for public use.

Given the expectations for the safe management of swimming facilities due to COVID-19 and the availability of qualified swimming staff, the swimming pool will not be opened this year.

This has been an extremely difficult year for our community and our valued partner YMCA and this decision was not taken lightly.

Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie said that the safety of the community is both Councils and YMCAs number one priority.

"We dont want to jeopardise the safety of the community who have valued this service over recent years, but we also need to adhere to the State Governments COVID-19 guidelines and manage these within our available resourcing," Ms Wastie said.

Construction of the new school gymnasium is expected to begin over the upcoming school holiday period, creating additional management challenges for the YMCA.

Council, YMCA and Cowes Primary School are confident that the outdoor pool will be available for community use in future years, should it be required.

The Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Wonthaggi, with its 25 metre indoor pool is now open, with restricted access that meets appropriate social distancing requirements.

For more information, contact Councils Recreation and Culture Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.


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