It was the perfect day for a swim with family and friends when the new Wellington Aquatic and Leisure Centre officially opened to the public on November 16
Since 2018, Wellington pool has been undergoing its first ever redevelopment, which includes a new eight lane heated pool with disabled access, a heated exercise and learn to swim pool, splash pad and new amenities.
The redevelopment was funded with the money that came from the amalgamation of Dubbo and Wellington councils.
Paralympian Ben Austin and Wellington local, Ben Austin was there for the official opening ceremony that morning and said the revamped pool was a "surreal moment."
He was also the first person to swim in the new eight-lane pool.
"Growing up here all my life and swimming in the old pool, it's just amazing to see the transformation," he explained.
Mr Austin said water is such a valuable commodity to the community.
"It's valuable asset, we know with the drought going on we know how precious water is now so it's amazing to have this water paradise....," he said.
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The gold medallist said he hopes the new pool is "reinvention for swimming in the community."
"I grew up in the golden era of swimming which spurred me on to become a great swimmer... (there was) a really big junior base and great senior swimmers that I looked up to so I encourage everyone to come to the pool and swim for fun because that's what it's all about," Mr Austin said.
"Just use this great facility because I think it's absolutely amazing."
From now until January 26, adults and children will pay $2 for entry into the newly-refurbished $8.35 million Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre.
An extraordinary meeting of Dubbo Regional Council last Thursday, mayor Ben Shields decided to slash the entry price at Wellington Pool.
Cr Shields said he thought the reduced price was important to show Wellington residents their support while the pool was closed had been appreciated.
By reducing the entry fee until January, Cr Shields wants to encourage people from outside Wellington to visit the town.
Part of the entry fee will be donated to a charity, which will be determined at a later date.