Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Approval of Industry Plan sets path for reopening of Queensland’s swimming pools and aquatic centres

Approval of Industry Plan sets path for reopening of Queensland’s swimming pools and aquatic centres
June 5, 2020

The Queensland Government’s approval of an Industry COVIDSafe Plan for Swimming Pools and Aquatic Centres is set to see an acceleration of the reopening of facilities in the state.

With aquatic facilities in Queensland currently able to operate for up to 20 people and, from 10th July, 100 people, the acceptance of the Industry Plan, presented by the Queensland Aquatic Industry Alliance, resulted from key industry stakeholders working as a group over past three weeks to create a plan that meets the needs of the Queensland Government and enables operators to open pools again.

Explaining the Alliance’s achievement, Coordinator Reece Rackley noted “(as) the aquatic industry is fragmented with many stakeholders and groups, the Alliance was formed so we could respond to the Government in a cohesive manner and produce a plan that addresses the needs of operators and patrons of Swimming pools and Aquatic centres.

“The group has been amazing to work with (and) coupled with the support and advice from both local and state government we are thrilled to be in a position to have the industry plan approved so we can open pools and aquatic centre in a viable manner. "

The Alliance includes of leaders from City Venue Management (representing venue managers); Australian Swim Schools Association, Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association, Australian Leisure Facilities Association QLD (ALFAQ), Swimming Queensland, Royal Lifesaving Society - Queensland and Brisbane City Council and highlights the following aspects of the Industry Plan:

• Patrons of school age or younger which use swimming pools and accompanying facilities for training, education and general use purposes may do so provided buffer zones are managed between adult patrons and children
• Swimming lessons can resume with instructor-led classes in the water. Here social distancing will apply where practical but the safety and hands-on nature of learn to swim education is recognised and approved.
• For Adult Patrons - Indoor/Outdoor pools: capacity limited to a maximum of one person per 10 square metres of water surface area. 
• Venues with Multiple Pools/Spaces can have multiple groups of 20 for adults and larger groups of children so long as social distance between groups is observed and patron details are recorded and kept

The Alliance highlights that pools and aquatic centres offer significant employment opportunities, community health and fitness benefits and provide essential water safety education and awareness. It cites Royal Life Saving Society - Australia estimates that the industry in Queensland employs more than 13,500 people, and contributes more than $588 million to the state’s economy. 

It notes that as these venues are expensive to run and are labour intensive, the news of an approved plan will be well received by industry operators who have faced significant challenges throughout this pandemic due to the short notice of closing; financial impact of the loss of trade, the holding cost of ‘hibernation’, and impact on Staff and Customers. . 

Rackley, the Chief Executive of City Venue Management, adds "throughout this process as an operator of 23 Venues in South East Queensland the we have been very conscious of the real health issue the world is dealing with and whilst Queensland has flattened the curve reopening pools in a manner that is safe for the public and ensures we do it with appropriate COVIDSafe measure in place has always been at the forefront of our minds. 

“The Alliance also wanted to ensure the plan was practical and recognised the diversity of venues in the industry and could be implemented by all, not just for one group, be it recreational or elite swimming, the facilities should cater for all. It will take a few days to get the water warm but we are sure the swimmers old and young will be eager to dip their toes back in the water."

The Alliance will be issuing information to the members of the various organisations and the Industry Plan templates will be available on the Queensland Government website shortly.

Queensland Aquatic Industry Alliance representatives: 

• Venue Operators - represented by Reece Rackley, Chief Executive, City Venue Management
• Australian Swim Schools Association - Wayne Pollock, President
• Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association - Brendon Ward, Chief Executive 
• Swimming QLD - Kevin Hasemann, Chief Executive 
• Australian Leisure Facilities Association QLD - Dan Kwaczynski, President
• Royal Life Saving QLD -Paul Barry, Chief Executive
• Brisbane City Council - Tim Flood, City Venues Manager 

From today (Friday 5th June), participants in sports such as AFL, football, rugby league and union and hockey in Queensland will be able to start training with their teams as a result of an agreement of an Industry COVIDSafe Plan for field sports.

More information for sport, recreation and fitness organisations can be found here www.covid19.qld.gov.au/returntoplay and at www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport

For further information for businesses on COVIDSafe plans are available on the Queensland Government COVID-19 website, covid19.qld.gov.au

Image shows Brisbane's Parkinson Aquatic Centre.

Related Articles

4th June 2020 - Industry plan prompts Queensland Government to allow fitness clubs to operate with more than 20 exercisers

4th June 2020 - Belgravia Leisure survey reinforces focus on health and safety when more facilities reopen

3rd June 2020 - Queensland’s Chief Health Officer approves Fitness Australia’s COVIDSafe industry plan

31st May 2020 - Queensland opens up intrastate travel but borders to stay closed

25th May 2020 - ASSA calls on Fair Work Commission to freeze Fitness Industry Award

19th May 2020 - ASCTA releases best practices for restarting swim schools and learn to swim programs

14th May 2020 - Surf Life Saving Queensland volunteer surf lifesavers save over 700 lives during latest patrol season

30th April 2020 - ASSA raises concerns over future of swim schools

29th April 2020 - ASCTA advocacy highlights the value of swim coaching and teaching

26th April 2020 - Queensland and West Australian Governments announce easing of Coronavirus restrictions

24th April 2020 - Coach calls for elite swimmers to be given access to pools

24th March 2020 - Queensland Government says theme parks, indoor gyms, fitness centres and sports centres ‘must close’

18th May 2020 - Perth’s Bold Park Aquatic Centre announces details of reopening with ‘strict attendance guidelines’

14th May 2020 - National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee endorses new risk management guidelines for swim schools and aquatic facilities

13th May 2020 - Community aquatic, recreation and sport industry alliance seeks 12-month stimulus package from Federal and state governments

12th May 2020 - Industry alliance provides guidance on community aquatic, recreation and sport operations in eased Coronavirus environment

1st May 2020 - Royal Life Saving makes the case for the reopening of Australia’s aquatic centres and swim schools

1st April 2020 - Swimplex Aquatics highlight current shutdown period an ideal time for slide and pool maintenance

25th March 2020 - Aquatic sector could lose $900 million in revenue as Prime Minister Morrison advises that all commercial pools must close

20th March 2020 - Queensland Health advise public aquatic centres are ‘safe for swimming’

17th March 2020 - Coronavirus fears sees closure of aquatic centres despite conflicting advice

7th August 2019 - South Brisbane’s Parkinson Aquatic Centre named Queensland facility of the year

3rd August 2018 - Best and brightest in Queensland’s aquatics industry recognised at ALFAQ Awards

5th December 2017 - ALFAQ calls for greater investment in Queensland’s public pools


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 
 

SGL GROUP

SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

Life Fitness

Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail

 
 

GUNNEBO

Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business