SUMMER season is just 10 days away, and with it brings sunshine, fresh air and the opportunity of getting outdoors and active.
Outdoor recreational services are vital assets to small communities.
Facilities such as public pools, sporting grounds and outdoor gyms bring people together, fostering physical, social and economic benefits in regional and rural areas.
In particular, outdoor community pools provide the opportunity for a competitive sport, recreational activity and life-saving skill.
The Swan Hill and Nyah District outdoor community pools opened last week and as the Mallee heat kicks in for yet another year, locals and visitors are invited to make the most of the facilities.
The Guardian spoke with head lifeguard, Jessica Paynter of Nyah, to discuss the social and physical benefits associated with outdoor pools.
"Facilities such as the Nyah District Pool are a great resource for bringing surrounding communities together," Miss Paynter said.
"We get a lot of people from Beverford, Nyah, Nyah West, Tooleybuc, Wood Wood, Koraleigh and Woorinen.
To read more of this story, grab a copy of the November 21 edition of The Guardian.