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22 October 2018 Posted by 


Life guards on duty for summer
LAKE Parramatta’s swimming season opened on Saturday, October 20 with lifeguard patrols returning to the popular local swimming hole.

The Lake officially reopened for swimming four years ago, after a significant investment and many hours of work by Council, the Parramatta River Catchment Group and local Bushcare groups. It was an important milestone for the 'Our Living River' initiative, which aims to make unusable sections of the Parramatta River swimmable again.

Members of the Australian Lifeguard Service will patrol the lake’s buoyed-off section from 9am to 6pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays until March 31, 2019.

While Council takes the necessary precautions to make swimming safe, swimmers are advised to check conditions before entering, and to follow any precautions displayed at the swimming area.

Since reopening in 2015, Parramatta Lake has become a favourite recreation spot for tens of thousands of people, City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

“This wonderful bushland location brings the community out in droves for swimming, bushwalking and barbecues.

“Lake Parramatta is a valuable local recreational asset. Its natural setting, free entry and on-site parking means everyone can enjoy a great day out and cool off during the hot summer months,” Cr Wilson said.

On Sunday, October 21, Masters Swimming NSW held its first Trial Open Water Swim at the Lake, with 25 adult swimmers of all ages taking to the water despite cool conditions.

The swim kicked off at 8.30am with both a 1km and 2km course available.

Set in a 73-hectare reserve, the Lake Parramatta site features non-motorised boating facilities (such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, pedal boats and row boats), a children’s playground, walking trails, public toilets, picnic facilities, barbecues and a weekend kiosk.

Lake Parramatta is one of four swimming sites connected to the Parramatta River. The Parramatta River Catchment Group released the Draft Parramatta River Master Plan for public consultation from October 18 to November 29, 2018. To provide feedback, please visit www.ourlivingriver.com.au.


Michael Walls
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