Childers pool party celebrates 50 years
THE overcast day didn’t stop some from attending the birthday celebration at the Isis District War Memorial Swimming Pool last Sunday morning.
Pool manager and swim coach Mike Young said the 50th birthday celebration was a huge milestone for the pool and Childers.
War Memorial Swimming pools were built around the country to engage all of the community and to be a place for returning soldiers to continue with rehabilitation.
Isis RSL treasurer Paul Collier said funds were raised by the public and the Education Department made up the shortfall in funds for the project to be completed.
“For half a century, Isis Memorial Swimming Pool has filled dual roles for the community,” Mr Collier said.
“It’s a place for ex-servicemen to reflect and a place for children to learn to swim.
“Next time you dive into the pool, spare a moment for those who sacrificed so much for us.”
Bundaberg Regional councillor Bill Trevor, in one of his first official duties after being sworn in attended the celebration.
Cr Trevor told the Town and Country of his childhood memories of the swimming pool, and recounted the time he drowned there while swimming across the pool.
“The pool has been a part of our community for 50 years and the council will continue to support the pool and the community,” Cr Trevor said.
The special celebration was a great event for organisers as they thanked everyone for supporting the pool and said they hoped it would continue for a further 50 years.
BIRTHDAY SPLASH: Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor, Isis District Swimming Pool vice-president Jenny Beck, Isis RSL treasurer Paul Collier and pool manager and swim coach Mike Young celebrate 50 years.
POOLING AROUND: The overcast day didn’t stop eagar sswimmers from marking a splash.