Plenty of warm weather has seen a 146 per cent increase so far in attendances at Mitchell Shire’s three outdoor pools.
As of January 31, there were almost 10000 visits to the Broadford, Seymour and Tallarook pools — that’s almost 6000 more than the same time last year and more than the entire previous outdoor pool season (9483 visits).
The increase in attendance was highlighted on Australia Day, with more than 500 extra people enjoying the free entry day than 2017.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was fantastic to see the community using the pools.
‘‘We’re very lucky to have three great outdoor pool facilities for our community to enjoy,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘Mother Nature has provided a number of warm days so far this season which has resulted in our facilities being extremely well used. On Australia Day alone, the average temperature at the pools was 36°C, compared to just 26 in 2017.
‘‘Thanks to everyone who has visited the pools so far this season, and with plenty of warm days still to come, we hope to see even more people visit throughout February and March.’’
Meanwhile, Mitchell Youth Services’ Seymour Splash event is on this Friday (February 16) at the Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool.
The gold coin donation event is from 4pm to 7pm and includes pool inflatables, live music and a barbecue.
Free lap swimming is also being trialled at the Seymour outdoor pool from 6pm to 8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the outdoor pool season. Boot camp sessions will also be run at the pool on Thursdays at 6am.
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