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Pool season kicks off soon

Girl swimming underwater with thumbs up.

Get ready for the pool season, with gates opening at Council's four outdoor pools on Saturday 7 December.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

It’s not long now until you can grab a towel, sun cream and your bathers and head along to outdoor swimming pools in Castlemaine, Harcourt, Maldon and Newstead.

The pools are set to open for the season on Saturday 7 December until the end of the Labour Day long weekend in March 2020.

“Each pool has activities throughout the pool season and there’s plenty of fun to choose from,” said Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“This year we’ve worked hard to make sure the programs reflect the needs and interests of our communities,” said Ms Olive.

“At Maldon you can join in with the older adults aquatic classes and beat your personal best in the lap it up club,” she said.

“Head along to Castlemaine for a 360 body health scan, a mindful meditation session or an aqua playgroup. There will also be some come and try sessions including yoga by the pool, active adults sessions and adrenaline fitness challenge.

“At Newstead there’s Junior Lifeguard and lots of fun family events run in partnership with the Newstead And District Swimming Pool Inc.

“Harcourt patrons can continue to enjoy aqua aerobics and the return of the inflatable pool parties,” she said.

Each pool offers VicSwim swimming lessons and lap swimming. Watch out for the pool parties throughout the season, starting with the Santa Pool party in December.

“Outdoor pools really are the place to be during summer, so we encourage everyone to head along and make the most of the activities on offer,” said Ms Olive.

Qualified lifeguards work at each pool to provide safe supervision. To ensure further safety Council follows the Victorian Government’s Watch Around Water requirements.

The requirements are compulsory for public pools and govern the number of children that adults are able to supervise. One adult can supervise two children under five or four children aged five to nine years.

“This is even more reason to head to the pool with friends or in a group,” said Ms Olive.

Another change that patrons may notice is in the kiosk, where only ‘green’ (best choice) and ‘amber’ (choose carefully) rated foods will be available.

“We heard loud and clear from the community that they wanted a better range of healthy food options,” said Ms Olive.

The weather policy means that pools will not open if the forecast temperature for the day is lower than 23ºC. This is based on the temperature forecast for Castlemaine on the Bureau of Meteorology website at 6.00pm the previous day.

Pools will not open on declared Code Red Days and on Christmas Day. Patrons can enjoy free entry on Australia Day at all four pools.

The pools are now managed by YMCA Victoria after a recent merger with Bendigo Regional YMCA. Council also provides funding each year to support the Chewton Pool, run for the community, by the community.

For more information including opening times visit www.mountalexanderpools.com.au.

Image: Cool off this summer at Council's four outdoor pools at Castlemaine, Harcourt, Maldon and Newstead.

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