Winter water activities

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but in winter it can be difficult to stay motivated because of the cold.

Council's three leisure centres – in Cabravale, Fairfield and Prairiewood - offer modern equipped-gymnasiums, a wide range of group fitness aerobic classes and pools.

Some pools are heated and open during the winter months. Both of Prairiewood's pools are open; the 25m pool is heated to 28°C, while the 50m is heated to 26°C. 

Fairfield's 25m pool is heated to 29°C. The 50m pool is closed during the cold season. Cabravale's 20m pool is heated to 31°C.

Each of the pools caters to different types of exercise due to the differing temperatures. Water exercises in warmer temperatures help relax muscles and make stretching exercises easier, whereas lap swimming is better in slightly lower temperatures to avoid swimmers overheating.

Senior residents who are 60 years and over can access the pool for free during set times. Simply show your

Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, a Commonwealth Seniors Heath Card, a Seniors Card or a Veteran Affairs Repatriation Health Card (TPI Gold Card) at reception.

The times available for free entry are:

  • Fairfield Leisure Centre: Mondays 8am-noon, Fridays 8am-noon and Saturdays 1pm-5pm.
  • Cabravale Leisure Centre: Mondays 8am-noon, Fridays 8am-noon and Saturdays 1pm-4pm.
  • Prairiewood Leisure Centre: Mondays 5.15am-9.30am and Saturdays 1pm-5pm.

Free seniors' pool entry was introduced to promote an active, healthy life for our senior citizens. The set times have been chosen as they are convenient for seniors' access, while not impacting on peak pool times, such as when Austswim-accredited Learn to Swim lessons are offered.

Staying active should be at the top of all our minds even throughout the winter chill.

Make your opinion count on amalgamations

Council submitted a strong argument to the State Government on why we should remain a standalone Council and not amalgamate with Liverpool.

The community can now add comments to Council's proposal. Visit IPART's website to read Council's submission or visit Council's website.

Submissions can be lodged online at the IPART website and close on Friday 31 July.

I encourage you all to voice your opinions on this very important issue.

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