Bumper crowds enjoyed Newstead Swimming Pool over the Australia Day long weekend. Almost one thousand people came through the gates keen to cool down after a string of hot days and nights. The pool hosted a community barbeque, and ran games and activities to celebrate Australia Day.
The numbers were also buoyed by the Newstead Live music festival, with many festival patrons enjoying a refreshing swim in between the music sessions. And for the first time, the festival came to the pool, with Le Blanc Bros Cajun band playing up a storm on Saturday afternoon. Over 400 people came through the gate on the Saturday, making the most of the cool waters, shady surrounds and fantastic music.
The Newstead Pool is run by the local community. The volunteer pool committee, through its incorporated body Newstead & District Swimming Pool Inc., was again awarded the tender to run the pool for another three years. This marks five decades of community management at the Newstead Pool. It is a testament to the success of the local community’s commitment and professional running of the pool during this time.
The pool committee employs five locals to manage the pool and provide lifeguarding. Over forty volunteers provide additional lifeguarding and run the kiosk (all CPR trained). The committee also established a mentoring program this year which provides three teenage volunteer lifeguards with hands-on experience under the eye of the experienced lifeguard team. This has been a great success, building the skills and confidence of the two junior lifeguards, as well as providing future lifeguards for the Newstead Pool.
The pool is a haven for locals and visitors from across the Shire and state during the hot summer days and evenings. It is more than just a place for a swim - the shady grounds are perfect for picnics, a barbeque or fish & chips from the local general store. Come along and see for yourself, the pool is open every afternoon and most evenings until mid-March (call the pool on 5476 2200 for opening hours).