Residents and visitors to Mackay will soon be able to take a dip in the Bluewater Lagoon again.
The facility was meant to reopen on September 1, but Mackay Regional Council says it’s been tough to find an operator.
Mayor Greg Williamson says a new operator has been secured in time for the September school holidays, on September 17.
“Council is facing the same challenges as the rest of the country when it comes to staffing and resources,” Mayor Williamson says.
“As a result, the process of awarding the contract has taken longer than expected, and we are unable to reopen the facility on September 1 as initially planned.
“The Bluewater Lagoon is an important community asset and we need to ensure that it is run professionally and that the successful applicant can provide the highest standard of safety to the public.
“Lifeguarding Services Australia Pty Ltd has plenty of experience when it comes to ensuring the safety of swimmers, and we are confident they will do a great job managing this facility.”
Winter maintenance work has been completed during the annual shutdown to ensure the facility is in good working order for residents visiting the lagoon over the summer period.
The Bluewater Lagoon’s operating hours will be 9am to 5.45pm daily when it reopens.
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