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Mitchell Shire outdoor pools set to open

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The North Central Review
The North Central Review
The North Central Review is an independently owned newspaper publishing company based in Kilmore that is responsible for publishing two community newspapers each week, covering communities within the Mitchell Shire

Mitchell Shire’s outdoor pools at Broadford, Seymour and Tallarook will open on Saturday, weather permitting.

The outdoor pool season officially opens on Saturday and the pool will open every day when the air temperature forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology reaches 26 degrees or higher until the end of March, 2024.

Wallan’s Community Bank Adventure Playground Splash Park opened on November 10.

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Seymour’s outdoor pool was damaged in the October 2022 flood forcing its closure last summer. Extensive repair works were undertaken to prepare for the upcoming pool season.

Stage one of the works consisted of essential restoration works and some temporary solutions for the pool to open for the upcoming season.

Stage one included removal of flood damaged materials, new doors and door frames, a new ceiling in the multipurpose room, new hot water service and electrical and plumbing works.

It also includes plastering, painting, flooring, new barbecue facilities and new picnic tables and benches thanks to a partnership with the Seymour Men’s Shed.

The temporary solutions will be replaced when stage two of the works begin after the pool season in April, 2024.

Stage two includes new doors and partitions in toilets and showers, drainage and flooring works in the changerooms, new fixtures and fittings and a roof over the male, female and accessible toilets.

Stage one and two works were funded through $114,636 from the Local Government Victoria Emergencies Flood Support Fund, $90,000 from insurance and $338,528 from council.

A new slide will feature at Tallarook’s pool after the old slide was decommissioned 2021-22 season due to safety concerns.

The new slide will be ready to go for the start of the pool season thanks to $26,250 from the State Government and $103,676 from council.

Lifeguards will be on hand during the pool season, but council has reminded people that it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to provide direct supervision for children.

All children under the age of 10 must be actively supervised by a responsible adult and children under 5 must be within arm’s reach of a supervising adult at all times.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Louise Bannister said it was disappointing that the Seymour outdoor pool had to close last summer and it had been a massive effort by council staff and contractors to get the pool ready for this pool season.

“Our pools and splash park serve as an ideal gathering spot for people to reconnect and look after their physical well-being,” she said.

“With a bit of luck, we’ll have some pleasant weather, providing an opportunity for many to partake in the free enjoyment as temperatures rise.”

While entry is free for casual use of council’s outdoor pools, user group hire fees, special event entry fees and entry fees to the indoor aquatic facilities will apply.

and for other updates throughout the season visit the Mitchell Shire Leisure Services Facebook page.

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