Community concerns have been expressed at the closure of the outside swimming pool at the Mildura Waves just prior to Easter.
Cr Max Thorburn of Mildura Rural City Council said that he was surprised Belgravia, which has the contract to operate the pool, had made a decision to close the outside pool after only one day of the Victorian School holidays.
“The weather is being forecast in the 30 mark this week and with possibly a warm Easter to follow closing the outside pool does not seem to be a smart move.”
“The river level at Mildura is down about 1.2 metres since Friday and this will make it difficult to swim in the Murray so closing the outdoor pool isn’t really what should happen,” he said.
“The increased flow caused by upstream floods also has the capacity to bring down submerged logs which will be a danger to any swimmer or skier.”
Cr Thorburn said that up until recent times a Councillor had attended management monthly meetings of the swimming centre but this had stopped about 18 months ago when it had been decided to have a Council staff member attend Belgravia management meetings instead.
The fast dropping Murray River level is also causing concern for the Mildura Ski Club which plans to hold its annual Ski race this weekend.