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District Council of Mount Barker
Expression of Interest Number: 2016.068
Management & Operation of Adelaide Hills Recreation
Centre and/or Mountain Pool
Mount Barker District Council invites expressions of
interest from registrants to undertake the management
and operation of the Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre
located at 2 Howard Lane, Mount Barker SA 5251 and/
or the management and operation of the Mount Barker
Mountain Pool located at Druids Avenue, Mount Barker.
Council will enter into a separate agreement for the
Centre and/or the Pool with the successful Registrant or
Registrants. The term of each Contract shall be agreed
between the parties.
Expressions of Interest will be received until 5pm CST on
30 June 2017.
Contact and more information: http://www.mountbarker.
sa.gov.au/tendersandcontracts; (08) 8391 7200
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Western Sydney ’s Cumberland Council has
installed a privacy curtain at a small program
pool at its Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre
in Auburn, in part to help encourage more
women to gain greater water safety skills.
The curtained sessions cater for a
community need and are only held for a total
of three hours per week, during which time
four other pools in the centre are available.
It is being used to provide privacy mainly for
female swimmers but also for the disabled
and other groups.
It was installed to encourage people, who
would otherwise feel uncomfortable, to
attend swimming lessons, and partake in
hydrotherapy exercise and physiotherapy
remediation, amongst other things.
Cumberland Council has a diverse
community, and some of the ethnic groups
who constitute the community have very low
swimming skill levels, making encouraging
swimming an important community health
initiative, on top of the other benefits
immersion and exercise in water can provide.
Two-hour women-only swimming sessions
are available on Sundays, and the screen is
also used during two half-hour women-only
swimming lessons on Wednesdays – with an
average of 14 people of mixed backgrounds
and ages attending the lessons, and about 100
people using the screened sessions overall.
However, some conser vative commentators
saw the community initiative as “the thin
edge of the wedge” in appeasing Muslim
groups, with “shock” commentator Mark
Latham suggesting on UK tabloid Daily
Mail’s local site that the next step would be
curtaining Bondi Beach. Some of the media
reports also wrongly labelled the sessions as
With the level of hyperbole rising
SPLASH! spoke to Cumberland Council to
get some clarification.
Cumberland Council general manager
Malcolm Ryan says that his council has a
diverse community – not just in relation to
race or religion, but also in terms of age and
disability – and they have a responsibility to
meet the needs to the community they serve.
“ This particular program pool – accessible
by ramp, heated, and with the option to
draw curtains around it – aims to ensure all
members the community are able to utilise
the facility,” he says.
“ The program pool is currently available
for women’s swimming lessons, children’s
swimming lessons and use by the elderly,
people with a disability and patients having
hydrotherapy/physiotherapy, who may prefer
additional privacy during their use of the pool.”
He says that women of all ages and
backgrounds are welcome to attend the
women’s only swimming lessons.
“So far there has been a great mix of
cultures attending. Women’s only swimming
lessons are held on Wednesdays from
10:30am to 11:00am and 2:30pm to 3pm
in the program pool. Women’s only swim
passes for the program pool are available on
Sundays. Female lifeguards are present during
these women’s only sessions.
“Four other pools are available at the same
facility during these times.”
Pool curtain causes tabloid angst
After 31 years managing and investing
in the Woolgoolga Pool on the NSW
mid-north coast, Scott Hunt has lost
his contract and is being moved on.
Coffs Harbour City Council put all
of their pools out to tender, and the
winning tenderer for the Memorial
Pool and the Sawtell Pool – Lane
4 Aquatics – wanted Woolgoolga
Pool as well, and it was a case of
all or nothing. The local community
protested but the council insisted it
was the best financial outcome.
“Apparently my tender was very
competitive but Lane 4 was only
interested in all three pools and
apparently over 20 years there was a
saving to council of four million dollars,”
says Hunt. “How this will be achieved
is questionable and the community is
asking plenty of questions.
“Woolgoolga Pool was just a four-
sided hole in the ground when my wife
Tracy and I came to town,” he says. “A
commitment to improve pool facilities
allowed us to negotiate a long term
lease and job security. We have spent
over $300,000 on pool improvements
such as the indoor learn-to-swim pool
and the 30 metre waterslide, and we
heated the main pool and also the
toddlers’ pool, in addition to some
major building extensions.”
Along the way they gained some
accolades including a Swim Australia
national award, and nominations for
Citizen of the Year and Lifeguard of
“I think it is fair to say that council
has not appreciated the hard work of
myself, my family and my staff. But
the community has. They have been
extremely kind on social media – check
out the Woolgoolga Pool Facebook
page or even council’s Facebook page.”
At 55 Hunt now needs to look for
something else, and may look
to finding some work with the
Commonwealth Games as he has
experience working at the World Expo
and held a management position at
the Sydney Olympics.
The Ruth Everuss Aquatic
Centre program pool
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