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Northern beaches and pools now closed for winter

NORTHERN beaches and some of the district’s pools have officially closed for winter.

Swimmers wanting a dip at a patrolled beach will be required to travel into Wollongong from today (Monday April 26).

The only patrolled beach during the winter months will be at North Wollongong Beach, with lifeguards on duty from 9am to 4pm, seven days. It will be flags down at all northern beaches and they will remain unpatrolled until the start of the term three school holidays.

At the same time, Council is also switching back to winter pool hours and have made changes to how people book to use the pool.

From Monday April 26, Helensburgh pool will close until the start of the September school holidays. Thirroul pool will close for winter from May 31.

Corrimal pool will be closed during May for maintenance; however it will re-open for the remainder of the winter months.

There is no longer a need to book a swim ahead at a pool. Instead, pool users and visitors will be required to check in on arrival using the QR code. Swimmers are also asked to follow the NSW Health guidelines including staying home if unwell.

 “Now that there’s less demand on our patrolled freshwater and saltwater pools, we’re switching back to our winter pool hours,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“This means some of our pools will be closing over winter. And as we know our pools will not be as busy over the next few months, we’re also no longer requiring pool-goers to book their swim beforehand. If you want to go for a swim, simply show up and check in at the pool.”

Over the next few months, we will also take the opportunity to undertake routine maintenance on our pools. Maintenance work will start at Corrimal Heated Pool on Saturday May 1 and is scheduled to be completed by Monday May 31.

Pool closure information, including rock pool cleaning times, will be made available on the Council’s Pool webpage.

“We’ve scheduled maintenance to run through the winter months so that we can minimise the impact on the public, and make sure our pools are ready to go for summer,” Cr Bradbery said.

“While works on the Corrimal Pool are happening, I encourage swimmers to visit one of our other patrolled freshwater and saltwater pools.”

For more information about beaches and patrol hours see the Beaches webpage.


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