SWIMMING SEASON: Amy and Ben Golchert wrap up their first swim season as lessees of Gayndah pool.
SWIMMING SEASON: Amy and Ben Golchert wrap up their first swim season as lessees of Gayndah pool. Felicity Ripper

'We're overwhelmed': pool lessees reflect on first season

AFTER taking on the lease of Gayndah Swimming Pool, Ben and Amy Golchert weren't surprised by the weekends they would have to give up to make a successful season.

What they were surprised by was the response they received from the community for their hard work.

On Thursday the pair held another successful event, an Easter celebration, to conclude their very first season as the lessees of the pool.

Across the season Mr Golchert said around 15,000 entries were made through the pool gate for visitors to swim, play, learn or train.

"We're overwhelmed with the people who have been coming in- we get a range from backpackers to kids to families,” he said.

"It's good to see everyone using the one space and that community involvement.

"It's all going better than we thought it would so we are really happy.”

Mr Golchert said Easter gave another opportunity to bring the community together, and even more events will be on the cards for next season.

But swimmers will have to wait until the September school holidays now, as the cool weather sees the pool close.

"The water is getting into the early 20s so it is getting a bit chilly, especially with this breeze around,” Mr Golchert said.

The break will allow works to get under way with an $80,000 grant the Gayndah Swimming Club received under the Community Sport Infrastructure program.

Mr Golchert said, pending council budgeting, there was the possibility of the pool also having new buildings erected in coming years.

One thing is for certain next season- a new volleyball net for the pool.


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