Dive into summer with free swims at Thorpdale outdoor pool

Published on 18 November 2022

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The Baw Baw Shire community can look forward to another season of free swimming at the Thorpdale outdoor pool thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Thorpdale Swimming Pool Committee.  

For the third year in a row, the Committee has worked with Baw Baw Shire Council to provide a donation that covers the entry cost for all using the pool between 1 December until 31 March.  

To encourage social connectedness amongst the Thorpdale and surrounding communities following the disruptions of COVID-19 lockdowns, the community-led committee donated a portion of the unspent volunteer funds back into the facility allowing the community to use the pool at no charge for the 2020/21 summer season.  

After receiving an overwhelming amount of support and praise for the generous sponsorship, the popular initiative has continued each year since. 

Thorpdale Pool Committee member Natasha Hammond says that by offering free entry it has been a welcomed benefit to the local town of Thorpdale and the public of all ages. 

“We’ve seen this initiative bring people from all over the Shire to our town to use the pool as well as explore the local businesses we have on offer such as the famous bakery and local pub, the Travellers Rest” says Natasha.    

“We are so passionate about our local assets here in Thorpdale and look for opportunities to maximise their use for the benefit of the whole community. We look forward to welcoming more people to our pool this season,” she adds.  

The pool is scheduled to reopen from Thursday 1 December 2022 on days when temperatures are forecast for 25 degrees or more (except early morning swims, which are not weather dependent). The pools may close prior to or during thunderstorm activity or in extreme weather conditions. 

Opening times:  

  • Monday to Friday:3.00pm – 7.00pm 
  • Weekends, school and public holidays: 1.00pm – 7.00pm  

During school holidays the pool will be open from 1:00pm to 7:00pm from Monday – Sunday including public holidays. All pools will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  

For more information about Council’s swimming pools, including full entry pricing, locations and operating hours please visit www.bawbawpools.ymca.org.au

Quote attributable to Mayor Cr Annemarie McCabe 

“I would like to thank the Thorpdale Swimming Pool Committee for their generous donation to cover another season of free entry to use the pool and acknowledge the exceptional work they do in supporting our local facility. 

This is a fantastic example of the proud community spirit shown here in Baw Baw Shire and I hope many of our community members visit the pool and make the most of this program this summer!”  

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Image: Noah Pallot - Operations Coordinator Baw Baw YMCA Leisure Facilities, Daniel Chu – Manager Baw Baw YMCA Leisure Facilities, Natasha Hammond -Thorpdale Pool Committee Member and Bonnie Price – Duty Manager Baw Baw YMCA Leisure Facilities


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