Childers pool party cel­e­brates 50 years

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT170416SWIMMING01

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

POOL­ING AROUND: The over­cast day didn’t stop ea­gar ss­wim­mers from mark­ing a splash.

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