Summer just became a whole lot more fun for the youth of the Merbein and Red Cliffs communities, with big plans to offer free access these school holidays now official!

Following a successful pilot project delivered at Red Cliffs Pool in January 2023, the project is now being expanded to trial the project in the Merbein community for the upcoming school holidays.

From Saturday 21 December, local residents using the Merbein and Red Cliffs Swimming Pools aged 17 years or younger can enjoy a day by the pool free of charge, with the offer extending right the way through to Sunday 28 January 2024.

This pilot project has been driven by the local communities, with Aligned Leisure, Hands Up Mallee and Mildura Rural City Council all coming together to help bring the idea to life.

With both the Merbein and Red Cliffs communities offering limited local activities for young people, plus the added challenge of transport into Mildura creating a barrier for many families, this project aims to offer a fun, safe and supported environment for young people to get out of the house and enjoy the many benefits of visiting their local pool including keeping active and socialising with friends.

Adding to the fun this Summer are plans to also host a range of activity days throughout January, with co-design work well underway with local youth to give young people a chance to lead this project and have a say in what happens at their local pool.

With youth entry now free, plus free spectator entry and great rates on visit passes or memberships for adults, your local pool is the place to be this Summer so come on down and have some fun with the team from Aligned Leisure – We can’t wait to see you here!