In addition to facility upgrades, Warrumbungle Shire Council is trialling a new start date for pool opening hours shire-wide, with swimmers set to make their first splash on Sunday, 1 October.
Extending the swim season by three weeks will allow swimmers access to community pools for six months of the year.
The move has been prompted by increased demand.
Director of technical services, Kevin Tighe, said a five per cent increase in season ticket holders in 2016/17 revealed the shire’s pools were well utilised.
“A number of user groups are excited about the change,” Mr Tighe said.
“We’ve already had positive feedback from the lap swimmers and aqua aerobics ladies.
“It will also mean the pool will be open during the term three school holidays and it will help the schools out as they can use the facilities at the beginning of term four.”
Swimmers in Coonabarabran have another reason to look forward to the swim season - hot showers.
A hot-water system has been installed during winter, providing hot showers in both amenities blocks.
Mr Tighe said it was a welcome improvement, especially for the early morning swimmers.
“Two showers in each change room, including two disabled toilets, have been upgraded,” he said.
“We have also replaced the shade cloth that was damaged during a storm last January.
“And two new, large plastic tanks will aid the filtration system, processing the backwash, which will be re-purposed for irrigation around the grounds.”
Rehabilitation works have also been carried out to the pool itself.
Expansion joins have been re-corked professionally and tiles replaced, while perimeter expansion joins have been renewed.
“The most important part of the pool is to keep it water tight - so no water goes in, around and behind it.
“It’s about looking after the pool and ensuring it stays in one piece for the foreseeable future.
“It is a major repair work that hasn’t been done in more than 20 years.”
Built in 1954, Coonabarabran’s ageing pool has been flagged as a priority on Council’s list of community infrastructure upgrade projects, but the five million price tag has pushed it further down the list.
“There’s been a desire to have a splash park as well as a pool that has a wet deck,” Mr Tighe said.
“For how old this pool is and what its gone through, it has held really well.
“Long-term, Council, subject to funding, would like to replace this pool.”
Warrumbungle Shire Council director of technical services, Kevin Tighe, and supervisor of pools, Sharmaine Kennedy, examine the repair work to the pool before it is filled for the upcoming swim season.