Opening season at Mt Helena Aquatic reduced...
At its meeting on 12 September 2017 Council resolved to reduce the season length at Mt Helena Aquatic Centre from the traditional twenty two weeks to nine weeks over the summer school holidays, in addition to a reduction in opening hours of 1 hour per day.
The pool will now be open for nine weeks from 11 December 2017 and closing on 11 February 2018, in addition to a change in closing hours from 7pm to 6pm. In the 2016/17 season over 92% of the attendances at Mt Helena Aquatic Centre occurred over the 9 weeks in summer. This reduction in the season length will achieve over $50,000 in operational savings in the 2017/18 financial year and a small reduction in attendances.
Why is Mt Helena only opening from December to February this season?
Last season less than 8% of the total seasonal attendance was outside the summer school holidays. There were twenty seven days where no one came to the pool (yet the Shire still had to pay staff to supervise the pool just in case someone turned up). By only opening during the busy period the Shire will save considerable operating costs for this facility.
What about children wanting a swim on a hot day?
Mt Helena Aquatic Centre will be open every day during the summer school holidays.
Bilgoman Aquatic Centre and Lake Leschenaultia will still be available for a swim on hot days outside the summer school holidays.
What about school use of the pool?
The pool will still be available to be used by schools in Term 4 of 2017 and Term 1 of 2018 for swimming lessons and carnivals.
What about children wanting to do out of school lessons?
Bilgoman Aquatic Centre offers swimming lessons all summer.
What about vacation swimming classes?
Mt Helena Aquatic Centre will be open for the vacation swimming classes starting on Wednesday 3 January 2018. Enrol at: www.education.wa.edu.au
What is the future of Mt Helena aquatic?
Council is reviewing the future options with operating Mt Helena and is in discussions with the Department of Education. A decision on this should be made in early 2018.