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Christmas 2023

Welcome to our Christmas Newsletter – just like that 2023 is coming to an end!

We have been blessed with some wonderful warm weather and I thank you all for coming out and cooling off in your local pool. We want you to have the best possible experience at our pools so just a reminder to be sun smart and wear sunscreen, keep hydrated, stay safe and continue to keep watch over those under your care. On behalf of everyone at QPRC Aquatics, we wish you a safe and happy holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kind regards,

Matthew William (Team Leader – Aquatics)

Matthew manning the BBQ

Important Announcement

We will be painting the Queanbeyan Outdoor Pool after Easter in 2024. To prepare for that, we need to check for leaks. Unfortunately, when we attempted the test a few weeks ago it rained and we weren’t able to complete the test. We will now run the test on Thursday 21 December.

This means that the Outdoor Pool will be closed on Thursday 21 December and will re-open at 12 noon on Friday 22 December. The Indoor Pool will still be open and the Splash Park will be open with extended hours from 10am till 6pm.

QPRC Aquatics Queanbeyan

During the summer school holidays the Splash Park is open from 10am-5pm daily. We have also extended our weekend closing time to 7pm.

Summer Hours

Outdoor Pool (open 9 October 2023 – 12 April 2024)

Weekday hours           5.30am to 8.00pm
Weekend hours          7.00am to 6.00pm  (From 1 December 2023 to 29 February 2024   7.00am to 7.00pm)

Splash Park (open 4 November 2023 – 17 March 2024)

Weekday hours (during school term)            3.00pm to 6.00pm
Weekday hours (during school holidays)     10.00am to 5.00pm
Weekend hours                                                   10.00am to 5.00pm
Public Holidays                                                    11.00am to 4.00pm

Christmas and New Year Hours

CLOSED  4pm 24 December 2023 – 10am 26 December 2023
OPEN      10am-5pm between 26 December 2023 – 1 January 2024
Normal summer hours return on 2 January 2024

QPRC Aquatics Eastern Pools – Bungendore, Braidwood & Captains Flat

The pools at Braidwood, Bungendore and Captains Flat are now open. Over Christmas they will be closed on 25 and 26 December and open as normal on 27 December 2023.

Braidwood and Bungendore Pool are open:
Monday to Sunday                 11.00am to 6.30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays       6.00am to 8.00am

Captains Flat pool is open:
Monday to Sunday                 11.00am to 6.30pm


Braidwood School Holiday Intensive Program will run from Monday 8 January to Friday 12 January while Queanbeyan School Holiday Intensive Program will run Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January. If you are interested, please complete the online booking request form. For further information please contact the swim school on 02 6285 6346.

Term 1 swimming lessons for Queanbeyan begin Monday 5 February 2024 and continue until Sunday 14 April 2024 while our Squad program will begin Monday 8 January 2024 and continue until 11 April 2024.

Term 1 swimming lessons for Braidwood begin Thursday 8 February 2024 and continue until Thursday 11 April 2024.

Lesson fees need to be paid prior to the first lesson in Week 1 of the new Term. Invoices will be going out on 22 January 2024. Payments can be made upfront in full or by direct debit. Please contact the swim school on 02 6285 6346 if you have not received an invoice by the end of that week.


News and Updates

QPRC Aquatics Queanbeyan

To go with the hot water and new coat of paint in the outdoor changerooms that we let you know about in our last edition, we now have installed new shower doors in the women’s change rooms and baby change tables in both the women’s and men’s changeroom.

We will be enforcing the Keep Watch! Policy. If you have a child under 5 years of age, they are required to wear a yellow wristband at all times to enter the pool. Children between these ages must be accompanied by an adult in the water within arm’s reach.


Eastern Pools

The Braidwood Pool opened for summer on 2 December 2023 and we encourage you to come by this summer and check out the upgrades!

We would like to thank the Australian Government who contributed $427,709 (ex GST) from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

We also would like to thank the NSW Government who also contributed $1,000,000 (ex GST) through the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF). In 2019, Round Three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund provided $100 million for community projects with over half the total funding dedicated to youth related projects The youth of Braidwood, especially the Braidwood Swimming Club will be benefit from this project.

Following a successful trial with over 20 participants, Aqua Classes will now be offered in Braidwood on Tuesday evenings from 5.30-6.15pm. The class will be run by Braidwood local and qualified Aqua Instructor Kirsten.

The Captains Flat pool celebrated its 70th Anniversary on 12 December.

Captains Flat Pool 70th Celebration Cake
Staffing update

Sadly, we say goodbye to Sharyn Wiebe our popular and long serving Learn to Swim Instructor. Sharyn has been a Casual Recreation Facilitator with Council for over 13 years and has been involved in our swim school as an instructor and in the admin space. We will miss Sharyn and wish her all the best in her move up North.

We would like to welcome Kim to the Team as one of our Aquatic Senior Pool Attendants. Kim has been a Casual Recreation Facilitator with Council for over a year and has impressed with his strong work ethic. Kim will be based at the Queanbeyan Pool.

And finally, we would like to congratulate Bec our Aquatic Programs Officer and recipient of the 2022 AUSTSWIM Award for Outstanding Achievement Teaching Infants and Pre-schoolers in NSW on her 10 years with Council.

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