What is the closing date of Bilgoman this year?
The closing date for Bilgoman is Thursday 29 March at 3pm.
The Centre will re-open on Saturday 20 October 2018 for next season.
Has the closing date been advertised?
The pool closure date has been listed on the Shire website since the start of January 2018, as well as being displayed on notice boards and signs throughout the Centre. The dates are also displayed on an Events Calendar provided to patrons at the entry gate.
Bilgoman Aquatic Centre Season Closing Date
One of the challenges facing the management of the Bilgoman Aquatic Centre is attaining the right balance between the social responsibility of providing a valued community service and the economic responsibility to efficiently manage the service to keep the cost down for all ratepayers.
The date of the pool's closure has a significant impact on both the service the pool provides to the community and its operation cost. If the Centre closes too early the community misses out on access to the pool. If it closes too late then the total operating deficit rises sharply with little benefit to the community.
In the 50 years that Bilgoman Aquatic Centre has been operating, attendance trends have been identified. One of these trends shows attendance has been low over Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday (the Centre is closed Good Friday and Easter Monday). It is likely that this is due to the large number of people who go away at this time of the year. In previous years, Bilgoman Aquatic Centre opened over Easter as there were school swimming lessons and school carnivals scheduled to be held at the centre. On Easter Saturday and Sunday only 160 people attended, even with temperatures over 30 degrees. Combining this with the average attendance for the last week of the season from previous years of less than 46 patrons per day, it makes it difficult to justify staying open for this additional time..
This year there are no bookings after Easter so it is planned that the Centre will close on Thursday 29 March 2018, before the Easter weekend.