Lock­ing­ton res­i­dents are mak­ing a splash

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AF­TER gain­ing a re­prieve to keep their pool open for at least an­other year, Lock­ing­ton res­i­dents are mak­ing the most of their prized pos­ses­sion.

Kylie Floyd, a lo­cal mother who fought hard to stop Cam­paspe Shire coun­cil from clos­ing the pool ear­lier this year, said pa­tron­age had been strong in the past month de­spite in­con­sis­tent weather.

‘‘I think it (the fight to keep the pool open) has paid off,’’ she said.

‘‘We have dif­fer­ent groups in the com­mu­nity who are util­is­ing it a bit more, and we’re just about ready to go with new adult aquatic classes.

‘‘We have an ex­tra hour— the pool open­ing hours go to 7pm now— and that is al­low­ing more fam­i­lies to come along.’’

The pool— along with sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties in Col­binab­bin, Ton­gala and Stan­hope— came close to be­ing shut down af­ter a Cam­paspe Shire re­view showed it could save up to $4.8m.

But heavy lob­by­ing pres­sured coun­cil to pro­vide the pool com­mu­ni­ties a max­i­mum of three years to de­velop a so­lu­tion to make the fa­cil­i­ties fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able.

‘‘It’s good if we do have three years (to get things right),’’ Ms Floyd said.

‘‘We think the pool isn’t at the end of its life yet and we feel it’s wor­thy for our com­mu­nity.’’

In an ef­fort to at­tract more peo­ple to the pool, a bar­be­cue has been in­stalled and the lo­cal pool com­mit­tee has or­gan­ised a range of ac­tiv­i­ties — in­clud­ing pool par­ties — through­out the sum­mer hol­i­days.

Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School hosted a swim­ming car­ni­val at the pool on De­cem­ber 14, with dozens of Grade 3-6 stu­dents mak­ing the most of the oc­ca­sion.

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