Schools miss out with aquatic centre closed for months
SEVERAL schools have had to postpone their swimming lessons and carnivals due to the closure of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre.
The $6.5 million centre was inundated with water during the recent floods and is not expected to reopen for at least two months.
As a result the schools must choose between finding new carnival dates or travelling to Hervey Bay, just as they had done before the Maryborough Aquatic Centre opened.
Maryborough Central School principal Lee Lilburne said they were eager to get the children into swimming.
"The cost of a private lesson is out of reach for a lot of parents and swimming is an important safety skill," Mrs Lilburne said.
"We really are keen to support the pool once it reopens."
Mrs Lilburne said the cost of travelling to Hervey Bay was too high and they would swim at Maryborough when it was possible.
"We'll swim as soon as we can, as long as it's not in the depth of winter," she said.
St Mary's Catholic Primary School Sports coordinator Paul Heffernan said the school has no problems for the moment.
"We're in luck because we weren't booked until term two," Mr Heffernan said.
""We won't be able to go to Hervey Bay due to the costs of bussing everyone down there."
He said they will re-assess if the pool remains closed.
"It will be similar to last year when all school swimming was put on the backburner."
Maryborough Aquatic Centre reopened last year after an extensive refurbishment.