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Fun in the sun

Sicily and Kendrick Lawrence having a ball at the Adelong Swimming Pool on Sunday.

Locals have been taking advantage of the free pool entry at Snowy Valleys pools, with Tumut and Adelong pools kicking off the new system this weekend.

Tumut was packed on Saturday, with about 50 people coming through the gates at the smaller Adelong pool.

Adelong Swimming Pool’s Sue Belcher said it was going to be an “interesting summer.”

“We got a few yesterday,” she said, speaking on Sunday.

“Today the sun’s just come out, so we’ll see what this afternoon brings. “It totally depends on the weather. The locals know it tends to warm up here in the afternoon so they’re usually coming through late in the afternoon. The sun brings them in.”

New councillor Andrianna Benjamin said she was thrilled her first action as a Councillor was to bring people free pool entry.

“I’ve been talking to residents around the place and they’re loving it,” she said.

“The pools have been very busy, and it’s a definite benefit for the whole community. This is a great start!

“The kids are having a great time and the parents are loving it too, because they don’t have to pay.”

All Snowy Valleys pools will be free for the 2017/18 season as a trial, with the possibility of the system being extended indefinitely.

Those who have already bought season tickets will be refunded.

Batlow Swimming Pool will open this Saturday.