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“Make a Splash” Campaign

OscarThe Committee at Chewton Swimming Pool has launched a Pozible campaign to raise funds to help restore our baby pool at the pool.  It is not widely known but below the platform at the northern end of the main Chewton pool is an actual baby pool.  This has been covered over for some years.

In recent times there has been an amazing explosion of young families with babies moving into the area, and the Chewton Pool Committee thinks it is time to recommission this third pool.  We are seeking grants from various sources to help towards this project and our very active Fundraising committee is working on some interesting fundraising events.  They believe a wider range of people, both local and further afield, might like to feel involved and help contribute to restore the baby pool.

They have instigated a Pozible campaign to reach as far afield as ‘pozible’, and   have set themselves a time target of two months of which only 35 days left for pledges to be made.  We are hoping our supporters, both local and far away, would like to contribute.

Please help us in reaching our target.  To pledge a donation please go to  http://pozible.com/makealittlespash  to contribute.  Your pledged donation is returned to you if we do not make our target.


Come and be Merry….


Sunny Season’s Opening

Phil Debbie HallA glorious sunny Saturday provided just the right atmosphere for the season’s opening of Chewton Pool on 29th November.    Phil and Debbie Hall took up the challenge and came suitably Pool Opening 040decked out in festive fruity attire.  MC Phil introduced Councillor Tony Cordy who with a genuinely supportive speech, declared the pool open.  Tony, seen here with Phil, Jenny Jarman and Jacki Heath, was representing Mayor Christine Henderson who was unable to attend.

Children immediately took to the water and commandeered the various floaties in the shape of dolphins, balls, and sunbeds.Pool Opening 051

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The weather was superbly warm, the water pristinely clear and inviting, and the BBQ and Kiosk well patronised.ToddlersPool 2Toddler 1

Visitors came from far and wide to enjoy the day, with one young mum and baby having travelled up from Melbourne after seeing our website on the net.

It was lovely seeing some little folk discovering the water for the very first time.

Pool Opening 056Many families attended and enjoyed the relaxing surrounds, and there was a healthy sale of Season Tickets (approximately 50 sold in the first few days).

So, roll on summer – its going to be a beaut season.



Our OPENING DAY party  will be on SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER starting at 12 noon.  Yes, it is election day so we’re hoping that after your political vote you’ll VOTE 1 for CHEWTON POOL and come on down to dive in and cool off.

Season Tickets will be available to purchase – prices are listed under the ‘Opening Hours’ tab above.

Once again the quality of the pool water will be top rate and the shady trees and grass creating a relaxing ambience.  Do come and join us – its going to be fun!



Chewton Pool post season  WorkingBee
Working Bee
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We need a bee to tidy up loose ends at the end of the season.  Some of the things that need attention are:

  • Pump out some of the water to give all the lawns a drink before the grass stops growing.  Give them a feed as well.
  • Take down shadecloth to be put back up next year
  • Wrap pool cover to keep elements and dirt off
  • General tidy up and removal of litter
  • Mulch western fence prep to planting (and maybe plant it)
  • Concrete patches in some spots
  • Remove concrete pad at north side of toddlers and get ready for spring turf

Everybody interested in supporting our community Chewton Pool will be welcome to join in  – bring gloves and perhaps a few (well labelled) tools and lets get into it together.

End of Season Closing of the Pool – Monday 10th March 2014

underwater 1….and now its time we said farewell to our lovely cool pool for another season.  Yes, tomorrow will be our last day for a big splash.

We, the Pool Committee would like to thank all our hardworking volunteers who have kept the pool going in an exemplary way, with beautiful clean water, constant lifeguarding, idyllic garden setting and Kiosk service, and have provided such safe and enjoyable surroundings.

Thank you all.

If any of you, our clients, have enjoyed the season of local swimming – and the numbers coming through the gate have suggested you do – please give consideration to putting in some hours to help the pool operate.  It is a very local Chewton concern – saved by locals for the Chewton community – so a little bit of time for a lot of enjoyment can really pay off.

The Committee will work through Autumn and Winter on improvements to the Pool for your further enjoyment next season.  So keep an eye on the website and come and give a hand if you’re free on the day.  If you want to get to know your community its a good way to start.

The pool will re-open in December 2014 for another summer season of fun.

We hope to see you there.


News – You can’t deny a man when the truth is where he stands

Members of the Chewton Pool Inc committee met with representatives of the Shire and DSE regional office to discuss the return of the Chewton Pool Crown Land Reserve to DSE, in order that Council can shed responsibility for the pool to the State Government. The aim is for Chewton Pool Inc to take over as the committee for management of the reserve and to operate the facility.

DSE is asking for a solid business plan that can demonstrate our capacity to manage the facility and for the Shire to provide some guarantee that it will demolish any property on the site if the community can/does not operate the facility.  While these arrangements are conducted between the two bureaucracies, we still have an unopened facility and a lack of service for our ratepayers and their families.

Council refuses to provide an operating contract to supply the lifeguard and operating costs, even though Chewton Pool Inc has agreed to take on repairs to Lifesaving Vic’s standards, to pay for liability insurance and to manage the facility. A draft business plan has been prepared, with a planned allocation from the Council of $25,000 per annum for five years.  This is less that Council has paid to open the pool in the past five years and half the operating costs at its other 4 pools.

Council has opened the Castlemaine swimming pool this season, which its own consultants deem as in poor condition – in fact, on reading the report, it could be considered worse than Chewton!

What is wrong with this picture?? Why is Castlemaine opening and not Chewton?

The community has raised enough money through some great community efforts and events to undertake all necessary repairs to the pool. The recent art, wine and business services auction raised $17,000 towards this task. Some fantastic donations were bid for in the fast and furious frenzy led by auctioneer DJ Hall, ably assisted by our Minister for Arts and Culture, Rod Quantock. Champagne provided by Sheer Drop Wines and music by Mood Swing set the scene at the Red Hill.

Ugly Men Premium Red and Mixed Six Wines are still available, although selling fast. You might also catch the 2011 Chewton Ugly Man calendars at local outlets, or by phoning Tony on 0407 839 308.

There are so many businesses and individuals who are proud supporters of Chewton Pool and we would like to thank every one of you for a mammoth effort.  If only our Shire leaders would support their community to provide a healthy and safe place to meet this Summer in Chewton.

We will keep knocking on doors of decision-makers, inspired by the words of Shane Howard’s song “Clancey, Dooley and Don Mcleod”, famous for standing up for Aboriginal stockmen.

You can’t deny a man when the truth is where he stands
But don’t put flowers on his grave
Help him now
If you’re goin’ to start a job
Better be prepared to follow through….

Reprinted by kind permission of Chewton Chat