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Shorter winter closure for popular heated pool

Isis Memorial Pool reopened
Isis Pool War Memorial's Zumba class is a real hit.

The Isis War Memorial swimming pool is set to close for winter maintenance in July but swimmers will only have to wait a short time before being able to make a splash once again.

Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said due to the pool being heated and covered, the facility could remain open for most of the year.

“This very popular pool was completely refurbished in 2019 to include the installation of heat pumps, a PV solar system to offset electricity costs and a roof structure over the swimming pool,” he said.

“With less exposure to the harsh UV rays of the sun and other weather elements, the facility only needs a small closure window for maintenance so residents and visitors can enjoy the pool almost all year round.

“The complex will close for winter maintenance from 6pm on Friday, 9 July and will reopen again for swim season on Monday, 2 August.”

Cr Trevor said the facility would introduce an all-new accessibility lift once reopened.

“With the increased use of the pool and the fact that the current lift is so well utilised, Council has opted to replace it with one that has a heavier weight rating,” he said.

“The new lift will be able to hold 181kg as opposed to the existing lift which had a weight rating of 137kg.”

Isis War Memorial Pool operator Shelley Whitaker said residents of all ages and abilities had been thoroughly enjoying the pool services this year, with a range of classes on offer for the whole community.

“Pool numbers have been great and we have had increased patronage from the disability sector,” she said.

“We offer learn to swim classes for children from four months old onwards to adults who either wish to learn or improve their skills in the pool.

“We also have five aqua fitness classes a week, including aqua Zumba, and coming into August we are offering a Turbo Team Learn to Swim program and we also have a lifesaving workshop.”

Shelley said the Isis War Memorial Pool was popular with locals and visitors alike.

“We get a lot of feedback on how lovely, clean and nice and warm the pool is to visit,” she said.

“Many patrons who are visiting the area come back several times during their stay.”

The Isis War Memorial Pool will be closed from Friday, 9 July and will open again on Monday, 2 August.

Council’s other pools in the Bundaberg CBD  and Gin Gin close from April to September and will reopen on the first day of the September school holidays.

Norville Pool is scheduled to reopen on 1 September, pending works.

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