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Thanks to everyone provided feedback on how you use the swimming pools.

We know swimming pools are important community facilities, especially in inland areas.

We have a duty to ensure they operate according to safety guidelines and they are managed in a financially responsible manner. This is why we are introducing some changes to operating hours, entry fees, supervision and management of our pools.

We want to continue to meet community needs into the future.

You can read more about the what you told us during the engagement below.

Learn more about what you told us

Explore what you told us during the consultation and how we kept you informed.

2024-25 Swim Season

The following changes will apply to all outdoor pools from Sunday 1 October 2024:

  • Swim season: All outdoor pools will open and close from the start and end of Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
  • Pool safety: All pools will now be supervised during opening hours.
  • Entry fee: Outdoor pools at Wingham, Tea Gardens, Gloucester, Nabiac, Stroud and Bulahdelah will have a standard entry fee.
  • Management model: Pools at Wingham, Tea Gardens, Nabiac, Stroud and Bulahdelah will be offered to community groups or small operators. Gloucester will continue to be managed by Council. The Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Great Lakes Aquatic Centre will be operated through a specialist contract which will be re-tendered.


  • We have recently reviewed the operation of public swimming pools across the MidCoast
  • We looked at how the pools are being used and what they cost to operate and maintain
  • The Royal Life Saving Society conducted independent safety audits of each pool
  • We are now implementing a range of changes to bring our pool operations up to industry standards
  • Changes will start from the start of the 2024-25 swim season

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  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    25 October 2023

    Council considers Swimming Pool Operations Review

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    10 November 2023 – 4 February 2024

    Community consultation on pool opening hours

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    March 2024

    Engagement outcomes are reported to community and Council

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete


    • Feasibility study for Krambach Pool completed
    • Council decides on pool operations review
    • Krambach community is consulted on outcomes from feasibility study
  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    October 2024

    Pool operations changes are implemented

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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