Aussie Day was a time to chill

Friday, 27th January, 2012

FAMILY TIME: Scott Rogers, son Blake, 8, and wife Melesse enjoy a dip at the Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday. FAMILY TIME: Scott Rogers, son Blake, 8, and wife Melesse enjoy a dip at the Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday.

By Kurtis Eichler

 Sizzling temperatures saw hundreds celebrate their country’s national day yesterday by chilling out at backyard parties or by the pool.

And the city’s new multi-million dollar Regional Aquatic Centre was the place to be, as families laid out their towels and donned their bathers for a day in the water.

The temperature reached 34 Celsius yesterday and it was accompanied by a strong, hot wind.

Mayor Wincen Cuy mingled with the pool-goers and said it was “fabulous” to see so many people enjoying the new facility.

“Being here at this brand new complex on Australia Day and looking at the hundreds of people that are here celebrating and enjoying Australia Day, I think is absolutely fabulous.”

He said that after presenting awards in the morning and officiating at a citizenship ceremony, Australia Day meant one thing to him.

“It’s a privilege, not only to live in Australia but to live in Broken Hill.

“I find that I get goosebumps every time I think about where I live and the lifestyle we’re able to have in this community.”