THE HEATHCOTE Community Pool Project Inc is approaching this coming summer with a renewed sense of enthusiasm as all existing members have been re-elected.
At September’s AGM all existing members renominated themselves after a year well done.
The group hopes to stop the town’s pool from sinking and secretary Lyn Hough said they’re confident about what they can achieve.
“All of us feel like we did a good job last year so we all reappointed ourselves,” Ms Hough said.
“We had a lot of ideas out of the meeting. Whether or not they get through council we’re not too sure, but Bendigo has been pretty good at supporting most of our proposals.”
Aside from the group’s president, none of the other committee members actually swim in the pool, opting instead to watch their kids and grandkids from the sidelines.
Ms Hough said that the community pool is important to locals, and the group hopes that they can keep it open for future generations to enjoy.
“When my son comes to Heathcote he takes his chil- dren, and it’s pleasant to sit on the nice green grass by the poolside with my grandchildren,” Ms Hough said.
“A community pool is something that the town needs. It’s nice for a hot day and it sees a lot of love from the locals.”
As for this year’s plans, the group hopes to build pool shade covers with solar panels on top, providing the upcoming fundraisers prove successful.
In an effort to fill the pool coffers, the group will be hosting the ninth annual Oaks Day fundraiser at Barrack Reserve on the first Thursday in November.
“We have a three-course meal thanks to the beautiful Heathcote wines,’’ Ms Hough said.
‘‘There’s also a raffle and a huge silent auction. Nearly everything is donated from fantastic people around the town.
“We’ve had men and women come along and dress up.
‘‘There’s best dressed on the field for men, ladies and couples.
‘‘It’s just a great opportunity for everyone to dress up to the nines.”