UPGRADES for Korumburra’s Outdoor Pool are slowly swimming towards fruition as part of South Gippsland Shire’s Aquatic Strategy.
In 2017, the redevelopment of the outdoor pool was set to progress to the detailed design phase, after council endorsed the masterplan.
Council had allocated funds in its future budgets to deliver the outcomes of the masterplan.
Treasurer of Korumburra Amateur Swimming and Lifesaving Club, Noelene Cosson, spoke about how the pool has been progressing and where it’s at.
“A concept plan was drawn up several years ago for an upgrade on the outdoor pool in accordance with the shire’s Aquatic Strategy, where it was identified that outdoor pools would be maintained and given a facelift over the coming years,” she said.
“We have seen how long it has taken for Mirboo North (pool) upgrade to achieve the fabulous results it did.
“Now it is Korumburra’s turn, and the current shire budget has money allocated to do some preliminary works towards an upgrade.
“The works will include a new pumping system, ramp access to the pool, upgrade change facilities and replacement of the toddler pool with a splash zone.”
However, Ms Cosson said upgrades had been pushed back due to other infrastructure becoming a higher priority.
“Our committee will continue to work with the shire as we have always done over many years, to ensure we obtain the best outcome for the dollars available for the upgrade in the timeframe set down,” she said.
“The community will need to show their support by utilising the pool and the importance this facility has to Korumburra.”
The outdoor pool facility was officially opened on December 5, 1964.
Improvements to the pool were made under the Korumburra Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club (KAS&LSC) committee.
These included $40,000 – clubrooms, $9300 – solar blanket, and in 1994 the solar heating system at a cost of $34,000 and various shade structures.
Apart from the concrete concourse and security fence wire being replaced prior to 2004/05 season by South Gippsland Shire, the pool remains the same as it was when built in 1959.
The pool was operated by the shire until 1994, when the operation was then given to KAS&LSC – receiving an annual operational grant from the shire.
Staff were originally direct employees of the committee, then direct employees of the shire, to employees of an employment agency, until the 2014/15 season when council engaged YMCA to operate all shire swimming pools under one contract.
Ms Cosson highlighted that Korumburra Swimming Club, the ‘Burracudas’, is looking for new members this season, with training expected to start in September and competitions in December.
“We also encourage mums and dads to compete in an over 25s age bracket,” she said.
“Our current coach is James Downie, who has been involved in our club for many years and is a well-respected club member.
“James will lead training sessions, which start in the Korumburra Heated Pool from Monday, October 4.”
Training will be held twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
When the Korumburra Outdoor Pool opens in December, training will move outside three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm.
While COVID saw the cancellation of swimming carnivals for the 2020/21 season, summer carnivals are expected to be back.
Six local carnivals will be held between December 2021 and March 2022, with the first scheduled for Saturday, December 4.
Swimmers who are not competent in all strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly) must be willing to take swimming lessons in addition to squad training.
For safety, new swimmers under 10 must be able to swim at least 25 metres in two strokes, and those over 10 must be able to swim at least 50 metres in two strokes.
For further information, contact squad manager Lesley on 0418 547 323.