Council acts swiftly on pool access concerns


Previous access arrangements for the amenities block at Shellharbour’s Beverley Whitfield pool will be restored by the end of the week, following concerns raised by pool users.

Shellharbour City Council halted work on an upgrade to the amenities building, after swimmers raised potential privacy and safety issues they believed were caused by changes to the entrance doors.

Following an inspection by Council staff this morning, the building contractor advised the previous entrances would be open to the community by the end of this week, with the newly-created doorways closed up.

Mayor Marianne Saliba said Council acted quickly in response to community feedback.

“Pool users were concerned about members of the public walking through shower and change room areas on their way to the toilets in the building, and we have taken those concerns on board,” she said.

Staff will now prepare an alternate design for the building, particularly addressing the location of access ways and any potential privacy issues.

Preliminary plans will be shared with Councillors and interested parties before being further developed.

“Beverley Whitfield pool is an important asset for our whole community to enjoy, and we want to make sure facilities at the site meet the needs of all pool users and visitors to the area,” the Mayor said.

“We’re confident this can be achieved with a re-working of the amenities building design.”

For more information contact Council’s Media Officer on 4221 6038