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Swimmers advised to plan ahead as carnivals return to local pools

Woonona ocean pool at Collins Point

WITH students back to school for term one, swimming carnivals are returning to local pools.

To avoid disappointment, Wollongong City Council is reminding pool-goers to plan ahead to make sure their favourite weekday swimming spot is available when they next go for a dip.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the COVID-19 situation is not over.

“The talk of vaccines and the relaxing of some restrictions doesn’t mean that we don’t need to stay cautious and follow the government health orders,” he said.

“We welcome all swimmers to our pools, whether you like to swim laps, plunge, splash or float. However, it’s important to remember on weekdays to check before you arrive to make sure your favourite pool isn’t being used for a school swimming carnival.

“To ensure your next visit goes swimmingly, make sure you secure your spot by making an online booking through our pool booking system. If you show up without reserving your space, there is no guarantee you will be able to swim. It’s always best to book ahead.”

During swimming carnivals, access to the pools will only be available for people attending the carnivals. The pools will also be unavailable immediately after the end of each carnival for clean-up and pack-up after the event.

Visit Council’s swimming carnivals page for the full list of upcoming swimming carnivals.

“If your favourite pool is booked for a swimming carnival, the good news is that Council has many other fantastic patrolled freshwater and seawater pools to choose from,” Cr Bradbery said.

“No matter which pool you visit, it’s important that all pool goers do the right thing when using these facilities and continue to stay mindful of other people. While you’re in the pool and its surrounds, make sure you stay a towel’s distance away from others, be sure to use hand sanitiser and stay home if you’re feeling unwell.”

Want to book your next swim? Visit Council’s pools page to see the full list of freshwater and saltwater pools and book your next swim.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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