Swimming numbers explode in Alpine Council pools

Swimming has been a very popular way to spend summer in the Alpine Shire with attendance at Council pools increasing by more than 70% over last year’s figures.

Council's Manager Community Services, Trevor Britten said Council had spent $276,000 improving its three swimming pools at Myrtleford, Mount Beauty and Bright in the last year with the help of Victorian government funding.

"Residents and visitors have responded really well with attendances between November and the end of January exceeding our expectations," Mr Britten said.

At the Myrtleford swimming pool, which has had solar water heating installed and user facilities upgraded, attendance increased by 62%.

"So, between November 2009 and January 2010 nearly 9000 people enjoyed the Myrtleford pool and slightly more than 9000 cooled down at the Mount Beauty pool," Mr Britten said.

"This evidence shows that the investment in community infrastructure has directly resulted in residents and visitors participating in physical activity and this contributes to community health and wellbeing," he said.

"In addition, these figures don't include people who swim in our supervised river pools on the Ovens River at Bright and Porepunkah. These are very popular and we estimate between 8,000 and 10,000 people have also used these pools in the same time period.

Council also took over the Bright Sports Centre in August last year and nearly 1,700 people have used the indoor pool at the Centre between November and January.

"That's a lot of people doing a lot of swimming in a Shire that has just over 13,000 residents."

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