Mayor;s Message | Make the most of our city this summer

The start of 2019 has seen some very hot weather, which has been the perfect excuse for people to take advantage of our local beaches, our Lake Mac Swim Centres and the numerous swimming spots around the lake, just like the new-look Belmont Baths.

I had the pleasure of opening the Belmont Baths (pictured) in December and so far this summer it has had plenty of use. It is a lovely spot to cool off, so if you haven’t visited yet, I encourage you to pop over for a dip.

The project has been a wonderful success and is fantastic for the community.

I’m also very excited to see the next stage of works begin at the site, which with NSW government funding, will see the construction of a new amenities block with accessible change room and aquatic wheelchair storage, and foreshore landscaping.

If calm water and a stunning location sounds like the perfect recipe for a swim, then Grannies Pool may be another option for you. It has been a favourite ‘secret spot’ for some local families for generations because of its sheltered location and shallows that make it a great spot for the little ones to paddle around. Grannies Pool also had a few upgrades completed in late 2017, so access via the pathway is very easy.

The other popular spot for a nice day in the sun this summer has been our beautiful beaches.

The great news is that by all reports the overall lifeguard rescue numbers this year are down from previous seasons. If you are heading to the beach this summer, please remember to swim between the flags and always slip, slop, slap.

We are blessed with some of the best natural coastlines, parks and waterways right in our own backyard, so no wonder many locals are choosing to staycation in the city.

Watagans National Park provides the perfect escape from summer’s blazing heat, with some of the best rainforest scenery in NSW. Known to most locals as simply ‘The Watagans’, this 77.5sq km expanse of natural beauty includes places to hike, camp, mountain bike, four-wheel drive, swim and spot native wildlife.

Roads in the national park are unsealed, but in dry conditions, many are easily accessible in two-wheel drive vehicles. Among the most popular family spots in summer is Boarding House Dam.

The small dam and creek offer places to cool off, provided there has been recent rain.

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