Pools across the region are preparing to open for summer with many residents already looking forward to the opening of Norville Park Pool today.
Norville Park Pool reopens to the public following its winter closure today, 1 September; the Anzac Park and Gin Gin pools are scheduled to reopen 19 September, while the Isis Memorial Pool has remained open since heating was installed in December.
Norville Park Pool manager Michele Watson said there had been plenty of interest in the start of the swimming season.
“People certainly are keen to get swimming,” Michele said.
“We’re taking lots of enquiries over the phone and through Facebook for people keen to get swimming in Bundaberg.”
Divisional representative Cr Vince Habermann said Norville Park Pool was always popular with residents.
“Norville Park Pool is a terrific facility for local sporting groups and of course offers plenty of family fun,” Cr Habermann said.
“This facility has an Olympic size pool, a toddler splash area and the new water play facility featuring a 2.9 metre water slide and a huge tipping bucket.
“During the warmer months there will be plenty of summer fun to be had at our four pool facilities in Childers, Bundaberg and Gin Gin.”
Michele said pool goers should expect some differences during this year’s swimming season and social distancing would apply as operators look to provide COVID safe access for users.
“Checking in will be a little bit different.
“People will be required to sign in and out.”
She said operators were making this process as seamless as possible and at Norville Park Pool she would be introducing a QR code system.
“Customers use their phone or device and check in by scanning the QR code,” Michele said.
“There’s two simple questions and they’ll be asked to enter their details.
“It’s an encrypted system. Unless we need to access those details for COVID that information stays encrypted.”
Michele also encouraged pool goers to think of this season as the “picnic rug season” by bringing along their blankets or towels and using them to outline a space that’s just for them and their family.
“That creates your own space and other people see that space,” she said.
For information on pool open hours throughout the region head to bundaberg.qld.gov.au.