Friday, 1 October 2021


Shellharbour City Council aquatics staff are looking forward to welcoming the community back to the Oak Flats swimming pools on 2 October, just in time for the long weekend. 

The aquatics team has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure community and staff safety, with careful planning and training undertaken to comply with the Public Health Order. 

As per the current Public Health Order: 

  • Groups of up to two people over 16 years can attend swimming pools regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Recreational swimmers in groups of up to five people who are not part of the same household must be vaccinated. Children under 12 are not counted in that number. 

Shellharbour Mayor Councillor Marianne Saliba said she was delighted the pools would be open in time for warmer weather. 

“Council staff are very excited about re-opening and reconnecting with the community,” Cr Saliba said. 

“The Oak Flats 50m pool is normally re-opened to the public in September so even with the delay due to lockdown, we are opening only a few weeks later than normal.” 

Council’s pools at Albion Park and Warilla are scheduled to re-open 1 November, in line with their normal re-opening times.  

Cr Saliba urged the community to be respectful to aquatics staff once the pools are re-opened. 

“Council is obliged to comply with the Public Health Orders and our staff are responsible for making sure our COVID-safe plans are adhered to. They are there to keep you safe, so please be kind and follow their advice,” she said. 

Online bookings will be essential. Pool visitors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the COVID measures in place before they visit the pools. A link to will be provided closer to the opening date on Council’s website and Facebook page. 

Media enquiries:  Kelli Wells 0448 361 008 

Last updated : Wed 6 Oct 2021