Cowes pool unable to open this summer

first_imgCowes pool unable to open this summer Over recent years, Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with the YMCA, have opened the Cowes Primary School’s swimming pool over the summer holiday period, for public use.Given the expectations for the safe management of swimming facilities due to COVID-19 and the availability of qualified swimming staff, the swimming pool will not be opened this year.This has been an extremely difficult year for our community and our valued partner YMCA and this decision was not taken lightly.Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie said that the safety of the community is both Council’s and YMCA’s number one priority.“We don’t want to jeopardise the safety of the community who have valued this service over recent years, but we also need to adhere to the State Government’s COVID-19 guidelines and manage these within our available resourcing,” Ms Wastie said.Construction of the new school gymnasium, is expected to begin over the upcoming school holiday period, creating additional management challenges for the YMCA.Council, YMCA and Cowes Primary School are confident that the outdoor pool will be available for community use in future years, should it be required.The Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Wonthaggi, with its 25 metre indoor pool is now open, with restricted access that meets appropriate social distancing requirements. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Bass, Bass Coast, Bass Coast Council, community, coronavirus, council, covid-19, Cowes, future, Government, Holiday, local council, Safety, school, social distancing, Wonthaggilast_img read more