Carnival over at Memorial Baths

By BREE PRICE

LISMORE City Council will implement a number of initiatives to ensure the 50,000 people who use the Memorial Baths during summer can find an alternative swimming venue.

A lifeguard will be stationed at the Lismore Lake Pool and any additional costs incurred in travelling for school carnivals, or staging an event at another pool, will be reimbursed.

A council spokesman said the Lake Pool was usually unsupervised, but a lifeguard would be stationed between specified hours.

Pool liaison officer Iain Jones, who was appointed by the council to help pool users find alternative venues, said the delay in the reopening of the Memorial Baths had a significant effect on pools in surrounding towns.

Mr Jones said it was matter of finding 'spare water'.

He said all school swimming carnivals had to be relocated to the Alstonville or Casino pool.

Some schools had booked their carnival two years in advance, but in the relocation had been unable to secure the same date.

Learn to swim lessons run by the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation were also relocated.

The first nine-day block of lessons will be held at the Splash Factory, while the second block is at the Summit Sports and Fitness Centre pool in Goonellabah.



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