Swimming Pools & Guidelines

Guidelines for the design and construction of swimming pools in remote areas

Procuring a swimming pool facility is a complex and often difficult task, especially in remote communities. Many resources and skills are required, and the time needed to properly plan and deliver a swimming pool is easily underestimated.

The Royal Life Saving Society – Australia’s Review of Swimming Pools in Remote Areas of the NT (RLSSA 2011) revealed that many communities made errors when approaching the swimming pool procurement process, and the ensuing problems were highlighted. Through extensive consultation with stakeholders from 18 remote communities, as well as local, territory and federal government agencies, the report investigated the issues and opportunities of 18 swimming pools in remote areas of the Northern Territory. The pools were mostly in remote Indigenous communities, although some were in small regional towns. The document concluded that remote area swimming pools are a core community service with potential benefits that reach beyond the simple recreational swimming opportunities for children and interested adults, and that guidelines for the design and construction of swimming pools should be developed as a high priority. These suggestions formed the basis for these guidelines.

The Guideline for the design and construction of swimming pools in remote areas is a result of collaboration between LGANT, the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) and the Royal Life Saving Society of the Northern Territory.

LGANT would like to acknowledge the technical support of Statewide Pools Pty Ltd, Biotext Pty Ltd and Colemans Printing in the production of the guidelines. It  would also like to recognise the input and information received from pool managers and operators working in remote communities, their accumulated experience and their dedication was invaluable.