Winter pool opening too costly for use, says Council
SOMERSET Regional Council has completed and evaluated a trial of extended pool opening hours throughout the cooler months.
Based on attendance levels and associated costs, the council decided opening the region's pools year-round would incur significant financial expense that cannot be justified.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the council had extended and altered operating times and days of the Lowood and Kilcoy swimming pools for an extra month in autumn.
"Council undertook the trials in response to community feedback," Cr Lehmann said.
The extended season from April18 to May18 incurred direct lease costs of $13,573.
An increased level of attendance was reported at Lowood, however, the April/May figures represent only 25% of the average attendance for the other six months of the season.