Country Poolies Conference heads to Queanbeyan

NSW Country Pool Managers

By Alice Richard
Wednesday, 08 March, 2017

Celebrating its 21st year, the NSW Country Pool Managers Conference will this year be held in Queanbeyan from 17–19 May.

Queanbeyan Council has generously offered to waive hire fees for the conference venue. This means that the cost for the conference will remain at $60 per person, making it very affordable to attend, said conference organiser Kerry Lynch.

The location also means the conference is more accessible for more country pool managers, as those from remote areas can fly to the nearby Canberra airport. Lynch said he’s received interest from pool managers who haven’t attended the conference before — some from as far afield as Narrabri and even Queensland.

Confirmed for this year’s conference are John McKenny, who will deliver a maintenance training session on the first morning, and AUSTSWIM’s Robyn Larkham, who will share advice on how aquatic centres can launch learn-to-swim programs.

Following the morning sessions, a networking afternoon will give attendees the opportunity to connect with their peers. In addition, a tour of the Parliament House pool may be organised, depending on interest.

Once again, the Office of Local Government (OLG) has been invited to attend to give an update on the past 12 months. The NSW Country Poolies association is hopeful that the OLG is taking action on the recommendations made at the 2016 conference.

Other presentations will cover topics such as preventing identity theft and dealing with bullying and harassment.

For more information about the conference, stay tuned to or visit

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