First Basin pool to reopen on November 27

Published on 13 November 2020

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The public swimming pool at the First Basin will reopen on Friday, November 27.

City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said that plans to reopen the pool at the regular time of the year - on the November long weekend - had been delayed after the pool sustained damage during the recent flooding of the Cataract Gorge.

"We know all-too-well how popular the Cataract Gorge is, and we know how much visitors and residents love this beautiful area of our city. Our staff have been working as fast as possible to reopen the pool in time for summer.

"Thankfully, those works are almost complete and we expect to refill the pool and make it safe for people to use in just a couple of weeks."

Lifeguards will be on duty on weekends from 11am through to 4pm from Saturday, December 5 through until December 18, at which time they will be on duty every day until February 2.

From February 3 until the last weekend in March, lifeguard supervision will return to weekend duties only.

Security officers will also be rostered full-time in the First Basin area from Friday, November 27 through until the end of March.

The inclinator will also be operational to coincide with the reopening of the pool. Mayor van Zetten said the aim of the security patrols was to create a safe, family atmosphere as well as to provide support to lifeguards in managing the First Basin Pool.

"This year, we will need to safely manage COVID density limits within the fenced pool area, and as such an extra guard will be employed to manage the numbers entering and existing the pool to ensure those limits are managed," Mayor van Zetten said.

Mayor van Zetten reminded the community that alcohol, bikes, dogs and anti-social behaviour are prohibited in the First Basin area.


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