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Swimming Centre Season Review

Swimming Centre Pool

The Murray Bridge Swimming Centre’s open season length is under scrutiny, after calls for it to be extended were put forward on Monday night. 

The Rural City of Murray Bridge heard a proposal to extend the season beyond its current five month period, which runs from November 1st to March 31st, to an eight month period beginning in early October. 

The proposal lobbied for increased access over Easter and school holidays to increase tourism capitalisation, as well as further commitment to the final four stages of the redevelopment. 

The Murraylands region is currently low on swimming options, with patrons Lynette Juergens and Vicki McArdle highlighting the closure of the hospital’s heated pool late last year as a key loss to additional facilities. 

An online petition behind the move has garnered more than 500 signatures to date.

When faced with questions on Monday night, Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive officer Michael Sedgman stated that the centre does not generate revenue. 

“The cost of operating the swimming centre on a monthly basis is between $100,000-120,000 all up, recognising that the heating in the cooler months is where it really bites," Sedgman said.

A report into the proposal will be brought forward to council at a later date, after it was unanimously voted for.

Photo Credit: Rural City of Murray Bridge