Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…read more
Aquatic centre chemical incident leaves six in hospital
A child is in a serious condition, a further five have been hospitalised and over a dozen people have been treated after a chemical spill at the Wollondilly Leisure Centre in Picton, NSW earlier today.
Emergency services were called to the facility in Macarthur region about 10am (AEDT) after reports of people being affected by chemicals.
NSW Ambulance Deputy Director of Critical Operations Ian Johns said 14 people had been treated - mostly young children taking swimming lessons - for health issues caused by the spill.
Johns told the ABC “it turns out some chemicals were mixed with the pool and some people had an adverse event.
"The chemicals gave off a gas and caused minor breathing and airway irritation and some localised skin and eye irritation.
"So once they were out of the affected area, paramedics were assessing and treating … thankfully (only) minor irritation this morning."
One child is in a serious condition and two other children and an adult are in stable conditions at Campbelltown Hospital. Another adult and child were taken to Bowral Hospital in a stable condition.
Following the incident, facility owner the Wollondilly Shire Council shut down the indoor pool as a precaution, while the rest of the venue remained open.
A statement from the Council later advised that the incident occurred following an operational need to use a super-dose of disinfectant.
The superchlorination is believed to have been required following a ‘Code Brown’ event, with a child having defecated in the swimming pool.
The statement advised “unfortunately a chemical spill occurred during this process, resulting in fumes, and emergency services were called by the contracted operator of the facility.
“Emergency services have arranged for the observation of those who have pre-existing respiratory issues.”
Update: As of Tuesday 4th December, Wollondilly Shire Council advised on Twitter that “the centre is open and operating as normal following an isolated incident Monday morning. We are working with authorities to fully investigate the matter over the coming days. We have been given the all clear to re-open as normal.”
Image: The Wollondilly Leisure Centre, courtesy of Wollondilly Shire Council.
30th November 2018 - ASSA launches Australia’s most inclusive swimming lesson
16th July 2018 - IQ Pool Solutions introduces ‘code brown’ treatment solution
28th November 2017 - Warning over ‘ticking time bombs’ in handling and storing pool chemicals
9th June 2016 - ARV releases guidelines for managing outdoor seasonal pools
4th May 2015 - Outdoor seasonal pools under ongoing threats
23rd June 2014 - Two year old Orange Aquatic Centre needs repair
24th April 2014 - Funding boost for grassroots rugby league in NSW
27th January 2012 - Attorney General calls for submissions on pool chemicals security
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.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Australian Innovative Systems (AISystems) is a multi-award winning, Australian owned leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water…read more
JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…read more
We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…read more
TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…read more
Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…read more
Activating skyscapes for tourism, art, leisure and living TouchCloud Global (TCg) is a highly specialised international consultancy, broker and principal, devoted solely to activating and energising…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!