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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.”

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