SPLASH­ING OUT TO CELEBRATE THE BIG 4-0

BROUGHT BACK FROM BRINK AND READY TO PARTY ON THROUGH­OUT SUM­MER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Ali­son Bald­ing

GET ready to party be­cause loads of ac­tiv­i­ties have been planned to celebrate the Mt Druitt Swimming Cen­tre’s 40th birth­day.

It is the mile­stone that al­most didn’t hap­pen when Black­town Coun­cil de­cided not to re­open the pool for the 2013 swim sea­son be­cause a re­port in­di­cated it was not “fi­nan­cially vi­able”.

The com­mu­nity fought hard over an 18-month pe­riod to have the de­ci­sion over­turned, which saw the pool re­open to great fanfare just be­fore Christ­mas.

On Satur­day, the site, will open to the public for its first full swim sea­son since it was saved – just in time to celebrate its 40th birth­day.

Com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate Kerri Brad­bury lead the cam­paign and now forms part of the com­mit­tee over­see­ing the vi­sion for the pool’s long-term fu­ture.

She en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to sup­port the pool, opened in 1975, by mak­ing use of it.

“It is very ex­cit­ing; there are lots of ac­tiv­i­ties planned so it is go­ing to be great,” Ms Brad­bury said.

There will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark the re­open­ing this week­end, with planned aqua class dis- plays, com­mu­nity stalls, mu­sic pro­vided by Street Univer­sity and two pool in­flat­a­bles for the young and young at heart to en­joy.

“One in­flat­able (in the deep end of the pool) will be for older kids and another up the other end will be for the smaller kids,” Ms Brad­bury said.

The of­fi­cial 40th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions will be on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 12.

There will be mu­sic, a sports clinic, var­i­ous demon­stra­tions, com­mu­nity stalls and some scrump­tious birth­day cake.

The Dive In Movie ses­sions in­tro­duced ear­lier this year will also re­turn this sea­son.

The swim cen­tre will run a sum­mer se­ries of movies for four con­sec­u­tive Satur­day nights from Jan­uary 4.

Tick­ets will go on sale in De­cem­ber for the fam­ily friendly movies.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said he would be at the pool on Satur­day to welcome its re­turn. “It is very ex­cit­ing,” Cr Bali said. He said it was a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant mo­ment as the pool would re­turn with an ex­panded learn-to- swim pro­gram. “With so many hous­ing or unit de­vel­op­ments planned in the area, hav­ing this com­mu­nity as­set to learn how to swim at is ex­tremely im­por­tant,” he said.

“I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to make use of it and make use of the learn-to-swim pro­gram.

“Ev­ery year we are see­ing drown­ings in dams, rivers, backyard pools and the ocean.

“Learn to swim and en­joy sum­mer wher­ever you may be.”

Mt Druitt Swimming Cen­tre is on Ayres Grove. De­tails: 9625 6360.

Pic­ture: CARMELA ROCHE

Analeise, 10, has fun cel­e­brat­ing the re­open­ing of Mt Druitt Swimming Cen­tre last Novem­ber.

There will be plenty to do at Mt Druitt Swimming Cen­tre, which will host a 40th birth­day party in De­cem­ber.

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