Wellington pool entry price has been reduced to $2 until January

The newly-refurbished Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
The newly-refurbished Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Entry into the Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre has been reduced to $2 but the same will not be done in Dubbo and Geurie.

An extraordinary meeting of Dubbo Regional Council was held on Thursday night after mayor Ben Shields decided to slash the entry price at Wellington Pool when it opens on Saturday.

From November 16 to January 26, adults and children will pay $2 for entry into the newly-refurbished $8.35 million Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre.

Cr Shields said he thought the reduced price was important to show Wellington residents their support while the pool was closed had been appreciated.

He said the region, and particularly Wellington, had been "doing it tough".

"We know the pressure wellington has been under in the last several years. They have been hit by drought, they have been hit by numerous other issues. We do know how strong the people of Wellington are and how resilient the people of wellington are," the mayor said.

He said they had also done it tough int he last 18 months by not having a pool.

The new facility will open to the public on Saturday. It includes a new eight lane Olympic pool, heated learn-to-swim pool and a splash pad area. There are also new amenities, kiosk and club room.

The redevelopment was funded with the money that came from the amalgamation of Dubbo and Wellington councils.

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

By reducing the entry fee until January, Cr Shields wants to encourage people from outside Wellington to visit the town.

"This is a great way to promote Wellington's new pool facility not just to the townspeople of Wellington but right across this western NSW area. I'm very keen to get people to travel to wellington to experience what's great in Wellington," he said.

Part of the entry fee will be donated to a charity, which will be determined at a later date.

In Dubbo and Geurie, a number of "family fun days" will be held instead with $2 pool entry fees.

Cr Shields said the reduced fee wasn't sustainable for the same time period in Dubbo due to staffing and safety issues.

Councillors Stephen Lawrence, Vicki Etheridge, Greg Mohr and David Grant were absent from the meeting.