COUNCIL is hoping people will be lapping-up the region’s recently upgraded pools, with the swim season declared open.
Scully pool was the first to open its doors on Monday morning with a staggered start to the season.
Tamworth Regional Council’s acting manager of horticulture and recreation, Murray Russell, said crews have been busy re-tiling during winter.
Manilla’s pool remains closed for at least a few more weeks as works continue.
“At Manilla, we’ve done some re-tiling works similar to what we’ve done at Scully,” Mr Russell said
“But, it’s a little bit like when you renovate your bathroom, you’re not sure what you’re going to find, so we’ve found a few challenges we’ve had to deal with up there and its taken an extra week or so.”
Barraba and Kootingal’s pools will be open from Wednesday, while Nundle can dive into the swim season from Tuesday.
The city pool is expected to open in early November.
Meanwhile, council has scrapped its term four learn-to-swim classes opting for larger, intensive classes during the summer school holidays.
“The school kids often have learn-to-swim programs through their school sport and also some private operators, so the numbers have generally been a bit hit and miss,” Mr Russell said.
“So, the decision has been made to try and focus on a larger class with larger numbers that are more consistent with those couple of weeks in the middle of summer.”
While there’s been repairs and upgrades through the winter, Mr Russell said it’d still be years before a brand new aquatic centre hits the region.
“Council’s plan for a new aquatic centre, they’ll be at least a few years to develop,” he said.
“We try to make sure we’ve got some good facilities for the locals in the meantime and we’re hoping they’ll enjoy a good summer.”
Scully – October 9
City – Early November
Barraba – October 11
Kootingal – October 11
Manilla – TBA
Nundle – October 10