by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
The Millicent Swimming Lake filled early this year to the delight of David Reilly, proprietor of Sharky’s at the Lake who has campaigned to move the date forward for several year, saying it would benefit tourism in the region if people travelling to Millicent for the Pines Enduro, the Basketball and the Millicent Show saw it full and operational.
“It may encourage people to come back during school holidays and stay rather than see it empty,” he said.
“When it is empty, visitors may go away thinking it is always empty and this may put them off returning, but with so many people visiting Millicent for those three major events, it is an opportunity for them to see Millicent as a holiday destination. It also creates a lifestyle concept too.
Mr Reilly would like to see an annual festival or gala day organised to celebrate the opening of the lake each year and early filling to be permanent.
He said people were using it as soon as it was filled which shows people want it. He swims early most mornings and would like to start a club of early swimmers called Sharky’s Heart Starters.
Wattle Range Council said today, with the warmer weather returning and summer fast approaching Wattle Range residents will welcome the news of Council’s Swimming Lake and Pools opening for the 2014/15 swimming season.
“Favourable conditions have seen Millicent Swimming Lake filled and open to the public since late October, which is the earliest this facility has been open for a number of years” said Council’s Director Engineering Services, Peter Halton. “The Nangwarry Pool was opened on the 1st of November and following extensive renovations it is anticipated that the Penola Pool will open for use on the 1st of December 2014.”
The Nangwarry and Penola Pool operating hours have changed slightly for this season. The facilities will open from 3 pm until 5.30 pm on week days, and from 1 pm to 6 pm on weekends, with hours extending to 8 pm on days that the temperature reaches or exceeds 30 degrees. When the weather is forecast below a maximum temperature of 20 degrees the pools will not open.
On days that the weather is forecast to reach or exceed 30 degrees Council may also provide a Security Officer at the Millicent Swimming Lake, subject to availability. Patrons of the Lake are also reminded that this area and the adjoining car parks have now been declared a dry zone and penalties apply.
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