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Shortage of Lifeguards forces the closure of 3 Ballarat pools


A number of outdoor pools in Ballarat have once again been forced to close because of lifeguard staffing issues brought on by Covid testing.

Black Hill, Brown Hill and Buninyong pools will be closed to allow remaining staff to be redirected to the City of Ballarat’s busiest pools, the Ballarat Aquatic & Lifestyle Centre and the Eureka Pool. 

City of Ballarat Acting CEO Matthew Wilson said these decisions had not been taken lightly and apologised for the inconvenience caused. 

“However, we have to be able to keep our aquatic supervision levels in line with regulations and we can’t do that without consolidating our staff numbers at the Aquatic Centre and Eureka pools,” Mr Wilson said. 

“We will always prioritise water safety for our patrons at our aquatic facilities and unfortunately we can’t meet these requirements across all of our pools at this point in time."

It remains unclear when the impacted pools may be able to open again.



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