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Council Seeking Feedback on Outdoors Pool Policy

8 September 2017

Southern Grampians Shire Council proposes to adopt an amended Operation of Greater Hamilton Outdoor Pools Policy, which would come into effect from November 2017.

The proposed Policy update ensures a set standard of operation across all six outdoor pools and removes the need for pools to close for 45 minutes mid-afternoon.

The key policy recommendations include:

  • Season length to run from the first weekend in November to the last weekend in March at Hamilton while all other pools will open early December and close in March;
  • Pools will be open from 3pm – 7pm, seven days a week;
  • When the air temperature is more than 35 degrees, pools will be open 12pm – 7pm on weekends and the month of January;
  • Pools will be closed when the air temperature is forecast to be less than 24 degrees Celsius;
  • Pools will be closed on days determined by the Emergency Management Commissioner as having a Code Red fire danger rating.

The proposed changes are being recommended as a result of the community consultation, conducted by Council through May-June 2017 in an effort to enhance the capacity to have pools staffed at times of peak use.

The draft Operation of Greater Hamilton Outdoor Pools Policy is available for viewing on Council’s website and at Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre.

Comments on the policy should be addressed to: Evelyn Arnold, Director Community and Corporate Services, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Locked Bag 685, Hamilton Victoria, 3300 or

Feedback on the Policy will close on 9 October 2017.

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