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Local families can enjoy the Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre (GRALC) for free this Australia Day.

At its meeting on Tuesday night Griffith City Council resolved, as a one-off instance, to reflect the ongoing hot weather, to provide free entry into the pool area on Saturday only.

The facility’s swimming pool area will open to the public for free this Saturday, 26 January 2019, from 8am to 6pm.

GRALC will also be open on Sunday 10am to 5pm and on the public holiday Monday 9am to 6pm, with the usual entry fee applying.

Griffith Mayor Councillor John Dal Broi said he was happy that families would be able to cool down for free on Saturday.

“This decision has been taken in light of the extremely high temperatures and because it’s Australia Day we thought it would be a good thing for the community," Cr Dal Broi said.

“Where possible Griffith City Council will try and accommodate the needs of our community. Council is listening to what the community wants. We won’t always be able to, but if we can we will certainly try.”

Entry will be free into the pool area only on Saturday which, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, is forecast to reach 43 degrees in Griffith.

Free entry does not include the gym area. For more information please contact GRALC on 6962 8228.

Council reminds residents that is important to be prepared in the heat.

Those most at risk include those over the age of 75, infants and young children, overweight or obese, pregnant or breastfeeding, not very mobile, not drinking enough water, living by themselves or homeless, socially isolated, working in a hot environment (e.g. labourers, gardeners, fire fighters), exercising vigorously in the heat, people who have a chronic illness (e.g. heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or kidney disease, mental illness, dementia, alcohol and other drug use) and people who have an acute illness (e.g. an infection with fever, gastroenteritis).


As recommended by NSW Health the key messages from their NSW Beat the Heat campaign are;

-        Drink plenty of water

-        Minimise physical activity

-        Check on elderly friends, neighbours and relatives, especially if they live alone

-        If you have an air-conditioner, make sure it is working before you need it

-        If you don’t have air-conditioning, spend time in a cool place like a library, shopping centre or cinema. Try to go early, so you’re not outside in the middle of the day.

-        Plan your day around the heat- avoid being outdoors between 11 am and 5 pm

-        Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks

-        Take cool showers or baths

-        Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothes made from natural fibres like cotton

-        Cool your house by shading windows, shutting curtains and, if it’s safe to do so opening windows at night to let in cool air.