Lockington residents are making a splash
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.