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Community invited to celebrate Isis pool revamp

Isis Memorial Pool official opening
Dozens of people turned out for a zumba class under the Isis Memorial Pool's new shade structure

The local community is invited to beat the heat and have a splash in the newly revamped Isis Memorial Pool at the official opening celebrations on Friday.

After months of construction the refurbished pool now has a dome shade structure, heating for winter and solar panels.

This project received $300,000 in funding from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grant program.

Bundaberg Regional Council provided $1.3 million and Gin Gin Community Bank contributed $100,000.

It's a project Gin Gin Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank has been proud to be part of, according to marketing officer Susan Bengtson, who said the branch had always chosen to support the community and surrounds.

“Gin Gin has benefited greatly by having a community bank and we wanted to share our success with Childers,” Susan said.

“We started this by opening an agency in the Leading Appliances store in the hope that by increasing our customer base, we can increase our investment in the community.

“We chose to support the pool project in Childers as we hope it will encourage more people to learn how to swim.

“We would like to thank our customers who support us so we can in turn support the community in such a great way.”

While the pool opened to the public in time for the festive season in December, official celebrations will take place this Friday.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said everyone was invited to attend the special event.

“Council is extremely pleased to see this project completed and many people have already been enjoying the new pool this summer,” he said.

“This Friday’s celebration is about thanking the community for their patience while this major upgrade took place while further enjoying this fantastic facility.”

Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said the redevelopment of the pool had been welcomed by the whole community.

“This major project has been welcome news for many locals, who have been able to enjoy a swim over the school holidays,” he said.

“It's now such a practical space for the whole community to enjoy, from exercise groups to youngsters to families and more.”

The official opening will begin at 12.30pm on Friday and will include free entry to the pool and a sausage sizzle.