Bright and Porepunkah river pools busy but safe over the Christmas and New Year period

ALPINE Shire lifeguards were kept busy with a sweltering Christmas and New Year attracting crowds of holiday makers and locals to the Bright and Porepunkah river pools.

Improvements to the toddlers’ pool at Bright, including a new fence to stop direct access to Morses Creek, have been well received.

Regular Bright visitor Linda Baker and her two year old were enjoying the pool last week.

“The toddlers’ pool is a great spot for the little ones to cool off,” she said.

“The fence has made a real difference to stop a child wandering into the creek – it’s a great safety improvement.”

Lifeguards have been very active over the last three weeks, performing eight rescues and providing first-aid assistance to 15 pool-goers.

The lifeguards, supplied by Alpine Shire Council, have proved a welcome presence for swimmers.

Elizabeth Brigs visits from the Mornington Peninsula each year, and said the families she regularly camps with “love the Bright river pool”.

“We feel very safe swimming here and with 10 children in our group to look after have found the lifeguards to be very visible and attentive,” she said.

Both the diving board and Council slide have proven popular with Bright river pool visitors.

Manager of Communities Alison Banks said that although safety improvements have been made, parents need to keep a constant watch over their children in and around the water.

“Council will be looking at further improvements for the 2012/13 summer holidays,” she said.

Visitors and locals flocked to the Bright River Pool to cool off over the Christmas/New Year holiday period

BEATING THE HEAT: Visitors and locals cool off at the Bright River Pool

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