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Whitsunday Regional Council’s initiative to make all council owned aquatic facilities free has proven a hit with the community with record numbers diving in across the region.
In a unanimous decision late last year councillors voted to allow free entry to all council’s aquatic facilities across the region from January 1, 2018.
The Airlie Beach Lagoon, Bowen Water Park and Collinsville Swimming Pool are already free but council voted to also stop charging for entry to the Proserpine and Bowen Swimming Pools and also the $1.7 million Proserpine Water Park due to open in June.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the community have certainly taken advantage of the free entry and used the pools more often.
“In December the Proserpine Swimming Pool attracted 1,823 visitors but in the first month of free use in January more than 6000 residents and visitors cooled down at the facility.
“This was repeated across the region with 6,454 using the Bowen pool last month compared to 2906 in December.
“A key focus of this council is improving liveability and making entry free for our residents to cool down during a hot north Qld summer ticks all the boxes,” Mayor Willcox said.