Locals left disappointed after irregular opening hours at Tea Gardens Swimming Pool

Visitors to the pool showed up expecting an early morning swim and were left disappointed after seeing this sign with no mention of Thursday. Photo: Supplied.

 

LOCAL users of the Tea Gardens Swimming Pool have been left disappointed after staffing constraints caused the pool to be closed.

Despite advertising 6am-7pm opening times, visitors were left frustrated after turning up to the pool to find it closed.

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“Seven ladies arrived at the pool on Thursday 9 December to be greeted with this sign, with no mention of Thursday.

“Couldn’t we leave the pool in Council control until YMCA sorts themselves out?”

“This is not a good start for YMCA,” local Jan Peeters said.

YMCA were recently contracted to take over management of the Tea Gardens Swimming Pool after COVID-19 restrictions left MidCoast Council unable to re-open unmanned swimming pools in the region.

Tea Gardens Swimming Pool was only open from 1:30PM-7:00PM on both Friday 10 December and Saturday 11 December, with the pool being closed all day on Sunday.

The local community group expressed their disappointment and frustration at these closures.

“Council needs to step up and pay for a more professional team,” one commenter wrote.

“Hope this is only temporary,” another added.

YMCA expects this irregularity with hours to only be an initial hurdle, whilst hiring casual staff.

“From Monday 13 December we expect to return to our regular hours of 6AM-7PM.

“As part of the Y NSW, we believe in giving back to our local communities and we look forward to continuing this,” a spokesperson for YMCA said.

 

By Tara CAMPBELL

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