Hopes for a wet summer

By Kirra Livingstone

MOOLOOLAH State School’s P&C is currently accepting expressions of interest for the management of the Mooloolah Pool in the hopes it will open this summer.

The P&C welcomes enquiries from operators who share their vision of a vibrant and welcoming community pool for local residents and the wider community.

P&C member Katrina Mills said they have had 15 expressions of interest so far, and has conducted three pool tours to top candidates for the management role.

“It’s really a chance for people to come along, to have a look at the pool, get a bit of an understanding about what our requirements are, because the P&C manages the pool on behalf of the school and Education Queensland,” she said. “There are a number of requirements because of that such as how often the pool needs to be open, doing learn to swim classes, safety certificates, all that kind of stuff, and because of a $23,000 per annum grant from the Sunshine Coast Council.”

The Mooloolah Pool has been closed to the public since the devastating 2022 Lismore Floods, as the previous management were based there and had to abandon their role.

However, the P&C is keen to hire management that is more local to Mooloolah, and is even open to the idea of several community members or community group running the facility.

“Even if we got a couple of people banding together to share managing it, or an organisation that already has a number of pools,” she said. “We have spoken to council about some of their providers whether they would be interested, we are really just trying to see who is out there who might want to take it on as a business opportunity.”

Although the pool is used by school in terms 1 and 4 for swimming curriculum, the pool has been closed to the community for over a year now and the P&C is hoping to reopen the pool by early September. For a copy of the EOI document, email pandc@mooloolahss.eq.edu.au.