Celebrating the start of the season at Mundubbera War Memorial Pool's 50th anniversary Luau Party.
Celebrating the start of the season at Mundubbera War Memorial Pool's 50th anniversary Luau Party. Alex Treacy

Mundubbera jumps in the pool to celebrate 50 years

THE swimming pool is a cherished place in Australian culture.

It is a place of cherished childhood memories for millions of us.

Mundubbera War Memorial Swimming Pool's licensee Natalie Mann is one such person.

The massage therapist cum fitness and yoga instructor moved to Mundubbera with her family a couple of years ago and when she heard the tender was up for the pool, she jumped at the opportunity.

"I teach floating yoga and aqua fitness as well so it just made sense,” she said.

"But I love community, I love family fun, I love seeing people come and make memories.

"I like that I get to be that person (creating memories for others).”

The pool is a family affair: on the day of its Luau pool party, celebrating 50 years since the pool was opened in 1969, husband Scott is turning snags on the barbecue, daughter Jade, 17, is taking money at the canteen, and son Caleb, 6, is patrolling the pool's edge in his unofficial role as "junior lifeguard in training”.

Natalie, Scott, Jade and Caleb Mann at Mundubbera War Memorial Swimming Pool.
Natalie, Scott, Jade and Caleb Mann at Mundubbera War Memorial Swimming Pool. Alex Treacy

"He'll be in training for the next 10 years,” Mrs Mann laughed.

"But he likes to enforce the rules, he'll tell people not to dive.

"There's not many places where you can take your kids to work and get away with it.”

Mrs Mann said running a pool is a dream lifestyle.

"I've got my own 50m swimming pool to swim in at 7pm on a hot summer day when no one is around,” she joked.

Braith Newman and Cydi Marchant at Mundubbera War Memorial Pool's 50th anniversary Luau Party.
Braith Newman and Cydi Marchant at Mundubbera War Memorial Pool's 50th anniversary Luau Party. Alex Treacy

Mrs Mann said she was inspired to throw a Luau party by the year she spent living in the United States when she was 21.

"They just know how to do parties,” she said.

"Because they don't have as much of a clubbing culture like we do here in Australia.”

The Luau party concluded with a viewing of ABC TV's new documentary The Pool, which "looks at the Australian identity through the prism of the pool.”


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