Sunday, June 23, 2024

New operator for Darwin pools

City of Darwin Council has appointed The Y Northern Territory (NT) to manage the city’s three community pools, including the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre when it opens mid-year.

The Y Northern Territory is a not-for-profit, community organisation that is part of the global YMCA network.

Council CEO, Simone Saunders said she was thrilled to appoint The Y to manage the Parap Pool, Nightcliff Pool and the soon-to-open Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre (pictured).

“The Y has been managing our pools for the last six years, offering a range of recreational and leisure options for the community and swimmers of all abilities,” Ms Saunders said.

“We are very proud of our pools in Parap and Nightcliff which offer friendly, safe environments to enjoy a range of water-based activities, as well as a variety of programs for all ages.

“I am confident The Y will bring the same high-quality management skills and expertise to the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre when it opens soon,” she said.

The Parap Pool is compliant to requirements of World Aquatics, the world governing body for aquatic sports, putting Darwin on the national map for swimming competitions, training and events, said Ms Saunders.

The Y will continue to offer Learn to Swim, and a range of aquatic and community programs, as well as providing a venue for local, state and national swimming competitions.

“The Y Northern Territory are excited to continue our partnership with the City of Darwin to manage the community pools and to continue supporting Territorians to lead active and healthy lives,” the organisation said in a statement.

“The Parap Swimming Pool, Nightcliff Swimming Pool and Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre are vital community assets that provide people of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to be healthy, active and connected to their community.

“City of Darwin’s investment and vision for the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre redevelopment is hugely exciting for Darwin locals and tourists alike and we look forward to operating a modern, family-friendly and inclusive facility for everyone in the community to enjoy.”

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