Free Swim Day a cool idea to thank Burdekin families

Burdekin Shire residents will be able to cool off for free this Sunday 21 January with Ayr and Home Hill Swimming Pools hosting a Free Swim Day for local families.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said coinciding with the end of the school holidays, the Free Swim Day was a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy some fun in pool.

“Council is conscious of those hot days over summer and wanted to provide an opportunity for families to get together while beating the heat,” she said.

“It’s also a good chance for people to engage in physical activity after the Christmas break.

“If you’re looking for a way to cool off this weekend, I encourage you to get down to either the Ayr Swimming Pool or Home Hill Swimming Pool this Sunday where you’ll be able to enjoy the facilities for free.”

The gates open from 10am to 6pm. The kiosk will also be in operation with food and drinks available.

Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult over 18 years of age at all times.

Cr McLaughlin said the event celebrated the end of the school holidays but it was also a way of giving back to the community for its support of the Shire’s pools over the past year.

“In the last swim season, 14,529 children and adults came through the gates of Ayr Swimming Pool alone,” she said.

“Our swimming pools are fantastic community assets where locals and visitors can go to cool off, learn to swim, or get active with a few laps. Every year they are also accessed by the swim club for events.

“For families who haven’t used the pools before, the Free Swim Day is a good opportunity to check out the facilities on offer and if you would like more information about pool passes, simply speak to the staff on the day.”

Ayr Pool is located at 242-250 Queen Street and Home Hill Pool is located at 63-95 Eleventh Avenue.

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