‘Warm embrace’: locals take advantage of pool reopening
ONE woman worked around the clock to ensure Roma residents had the opportunity to dip their toes in the water again.
Roma pool manager, Stacey Robertson clocked up 70 hours in the week leading up to the pool reopening last Saturday.
Unlike other pools in the state, Ms Robertson ensured that the water quality and heating was just right, the facility was clean and ready, she rearranged furniture and organised plans and policies to open the first day they were allowed.
“We are just working to the best of our ability,” she said.
“It was tough and required a lot of hours, but I wanted to reopen the pool.”
While she would have hoped more locals took advantage of the facility last week, she said a lot of locals were appreciative of her efforts.
“Of the people who came down, most were so pleased to have the 50m pool again – it’s at 27 degrees and for a lot of these guys, it’s something they have really missed,” she said.
“It’s not just the exercise or swimming, but a lot of people saying, it’s the touch of the pool that’s a warm embrace – something I didn’t realise.
“My biggest population is the older generation who are coming here even for their social life.
“The pool provides social, emotional support plus the physical side so we’ve had a lot of people missing that.”
Ms Robertson is looking forward to running her programs again.
“The one thing I’d like to do again is my fitness classes with the disabled and elderly on a Wednesday,” she said.
“I know I could socially distance them and they follow the rules and they truly benefit from it but unfortunately that’s not really an option until Stage 3.”
Ms Robertson’s small business is currently running at a loss with the 10 people restrictions and classes not able to run.
“I worked over 60 hours and on Saturday I think I made $22 because most people already have a season pass or a 10 pass ticket,” she said.
“Plus you add the maintenance – I’m running at a loss.
“But I’m lucky to have my amazing kids who have helped out so much.
“Council is also very supportive – there’s some negative feedback about the pool but if you look at it, it’s warm and council pay for heating, the chemicals and anytime I need something fixed, council sort it out so I can’t complain.”
Ms Robertson said thanks to likes of locals like Celeste Mayes from The Tasting Co who message her reminding her of what an awesome job she’s doing, the long hours feel worth it.
Anyone who would like to book an hour timeslot for the pool can contact Stacey on 0428226271.
Remember to wear your togs to the pool, bring your own towel, come on the hour, EFTPOS is available but cash is preferred.
Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for further details.