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Good year in the pool

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018

Regional Aquatic Centre operations manager Jason Jones taking a moment to relax after the busiest 12 month period the pool has seen in a long time. Regional Aquatic Centre operations manager Jason Jones taking a moment to relax after the busiest 12 month period the pool has seen in a long time.

The Regional Aquatic Centre has experienced its largest number of attendances since the YMCA took over management.

The 2017/2018 financial year has seen almost 146,000 visits to the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre.

Locals flocking to the pool was thanks to one of the warmest summers on record and a surge in the number of enrolments in YMCA’s Learn to Swim program.

“We’re delighted with the figures coming out of the last financial year,” Broken Hill YMCA Area Manager Shane Simmons said.

“It clearly demonstrates the fact that locals are being more active, more often.”

Mr Simmons said the numbers represented a 4.5 per cent increase on the previous year and 11 per cent since the YMCA commenced operations in 2012.

“We’ve also seen a strong uptake in the number of locals and visitors accessing the Aquatic Centre gym, which has led us to explore a potential to extend the pool gym to a 24-hour model.

“We are investigating these options and will develop a business case to determine the viability.”

Mr Simmons said they also have major plans for the facility.

“We are looking at a $0.5m water splash park, indoor pool dehumidification and air heating system and a solar power project.

“Each of these projects are designed to offer more employment opportunities as well as improving the attractiveness of Broken Hill as a great place to live and work in.”

The pool employs 45 staff members and is expecting a further increase of 20 over the next six months.

“We are contracted to manage the facility until 2021 with an option to extend a further five years to 2026,” Mr Simmons said.

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