Macarthur and district residents will have an extra reason to head to the pool this summer.
A community committee has taken over management of the pool for the coming season which means every entry fee paid, canteen purchase or membership sold goes straight back into the running of the pool
Moyne Shire Mayor Cr Ian Smith said it was fantastic to see the community stepping up to take on the important role.
“Right across Moyne we see people putting their hand up for the benefit of the community, and this is just another example of that,” Cr Smith said.
“Our swimming pools are an important part of the community in our rural towns and having the community step up to take over management shows just how valued the local swimming pool is.
“It’s a big and important job, I wish the committee all the best and look forward to visiting the pool over the summer months.”
Macarthur Swimming Pool Committee Secretary Linda Malseed said the group was looking forward to the challenge ahead and had some exciting plans for the summer season.
“We are looking at the possibility of a few new things like early morning lap sessions. This year people will be able to hire the pool before hours for birthday parties or other celebrations,” Ms Malseed said.
“Of course our famous waterslide will be back in action as will our pancake mornings and our Australia Day festivities.
“We are really looking forward to the year ahead and we hope having a local management committee will really benefit the community.”
Moyne Shire Council’s three outdoor pools at Macarthur, Hawkesdale and Mortlake will open for the 2021/22 season on December 4 and offer a range of activities.
Hawkesdale and Macarthur will be managed by community committees while Mortlake will remain under the management of the Ballarat YMCA.
Cr Smith said the community could keep up to date with what was happening at each pool over the summer via their Facebook pages.
“There are lots of things planned right across the summer, from early morning swimming, to inflatables and of course swimming lessons,” he said.
“Each pool will be offering something different across the season – so their Facebook pages are the best way to stay up to date with what is happening and any changes to hours because of the weather.”