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Kids just want to swim

THIS WEEK'S LODDON HERALD HAS A TWO-PAGE SPECIAL REPORT ON THE CHALLENGES FACING LOCAL SWIMMING POOLS

Here's part of the story on the Mitiamo pool hardest hit by lifeguard shortages:


MORE than a dozen youngsters waited at the gate to Mitiamo’s pool last week ... hoping that the gates might finally open.

Apart from a handful of days, including New Year’s Eve, the gates have been locked during the staff crisis.

Parents and residents say they are fearful of the future for their 61-year-old pool.

They say not knowing when the pool will be open has reduced confidence in people buying season tickets.

“We’re really disappointed. Belgravia has stopped taking our phone calls ... they should come and talk to us,” said Sharon Shepherd.

“It’s not easy on the town and district when we keep being told the pool will re-open soon. It’s like they’re teasing the hell out of us.”

Sharon and parent Kate Ellis also want to see hours changed at the pool.

“It’s crazy to be opening in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest,” Kate said.


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