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Wellington Aquatic and Leisure Centre open day November 16

After more than a year of ongoing work, the new-look Wellington Aquatic and Leisure Centre will open to the public with a free family day in November.

More than $8.9 million has been spent upgrading the facility, which had an original opening date set for October.

The redeveloped Aquatic Centre includes a new eight-lane Olympic Pool, heated learn-to-swim pool, splash pad area, along with brand new amenities, kiosk and club room.

Dubbo Regional Council mayor Ben Shields said the new facility has been long-awaited by the Wellington community.

"I am very excited to finally open the new doors to the Wellington Aquatic and Leisure Centre," he said.

"I know the community has been patiently waiting, having skipped last year's swim season, but this brand new centre is definitely worth the wait."

Cr Shields also acknowledges that there might be some concerns about how Council will fill the pool during the current water restrictions.

"I'd like to remind people of how important spaces such as this are for our wellbeing. Recreational spaces have the ability to provide social inclusion, refuge during times of heat, along with fantastic sporting opportunities," he said.

Cr Shields said opening the aquatic centre has been planned and water allocated to ensure it is full, open and ready to use during the family open day, on November 16.

The $8.25 million Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre was redeveloped with money that came from the amalgamation of the Wellington and Dubbo Councils in 2016.

Dubbo Regional Council's Chief Executive Officer, Michael McMahon said it was exciting to be able to provide additional facilities for the community.

"This new centre has some wonderful additions that Wellington hasn't had the luxury of having at the previous centre, particularly with the inclusion of a heated learn to swim pool making 'Learn to Swim' classes a lot more appealing to those with small children," Mr McMahon said.

It is not only the pool's redevelopment that has gone through changes.

Earlier this year, DRC made the decision to increase the fees to Wellington's Aquatic Leisure Centre.

Council said the decision for the fee increase, which will align with the Dubbo and Geurie pools, is designed to ensure the longevity and sustainability of the facilities well into the future.

For a family, a season pass will cost $514. In Wellington it's an increase from $260.

However, the $514 pass will provide access to the Dubbo, Geurie and Wellington aquatic centres.

Community members will be able to access the Wellington Aquatic Leisure free of charge for the open day on November 16.