Lock swimming pool wins government grant

SPLASH: Anabell Bowey, Indy Morton, Sophie Morton, and Annabella Owen dive into the Lock swimming pool.
SPLASH: Anabell Bowey, Indy Morton, Sophie Morton, and Annabella Owen dive into the Lock swimming pool.

The Lock swimming pool has received a $45,000 grant to install solar heating at the community facility to increase community usage.

The funds have come from the federal government Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

Swimming pool committee secretary Donna Bowey said the town had wanted solar heating for a few years, and “knuckled down” last year working on the grant application.

Because of its size and shade, the town pool is known for being cold most of the year, which has narrowed the scope for water activities.

Mrs Bowey said she has needed to take her young children to Port Lincoln for swimming lessons, because the pool is too cold for infants to handle.

“We’ve had some years of freezing conditions in December,” she said.

“It’s a cold, cold pool.”

Mrs Bowey said the pool was an important facility for Lock, which is an hour drive from the coast with no similar infrastructure nearby.

“The community have fought so hard over the years to keep it running,” she said.

She said with solar heating, there would be potential for infant and elderly swimming classes and water aerobics, which could attract more members within the town and surrounding areas.

“That can go right through (the season) now,” she said.

The Elliston Area School will travel to Lock next week for a combined swimming carnival with the local school, which Mrs Bowey said she hoped might become a tradition with the added appeal of solar heating.

She said the committee was “really excited and really thankful” that they had been successful in their grant application.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was delighted to hear the money would be going to Lock.

“Swimming pools are an integral part of the local community,” he said.

“Having the pool heated… will ensure the pool can be utilised all year round.”