Future bright for community pool

Sam Kane | Bendigo Weekly | 12-Jan-2017

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SLATED with potential closure again during 2016, the Golden Square Community Pool is instead fighting back, this week recording their highest half-season patronage to date.

Nearly 6900 swimmers have taken a dip since the November 19 opening, an increase of 1441 patrons on the same time last year.

Committee president Bernadette Wright said she is very pleased with the increase in numbers.

“The knowledge of where the pool is has grown over the past four years, and now we have people from all over Bendigo visiting,” she said.

The community group that operates the pool’s current lease with the City of Greater Bendigo will end in 2018 upon the opening of the new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre in Kangaroo Flat.

However Ms Wright is “very hopeful” that the Golden Square facility can complement the new centre.

“We believe we have proven ourselves to be economically viable for council. We have consistently grown over the last four years,” she said.

The facility was the second least subsidised cost per patron to council during last season, out of Bendigo’s 11 outdoor pools.

“I don’t think we are a threat to any of the indoor pools, especially Kangaroo Flat. I believe we can complement each other,” Ms Wright said.

“We offer different things.”

This season, the pool engaged in a new resource sharing relationship with the White Hills pool, which Ms Wright says is working extremely well.

“We have been able to update our equipment, which is benefitting both us and White Hills. Our lifeguards also do training together,” she said.

The pool is again hosting its annual Australia Day event this year, which will see free entry and breakfast from 8am, live entertainment, and a water slide. 

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