An outdoor shower at Beauty Bay aims to get people of all ages in the water and swimming.
Break O’Day mayor Mick Tucker said the project came to life thanks to a St Helens-based swimming group called Happy Fish, which asked for a shower to be installed.
“Beauty Bay is a picturesque area and a popular spot for swimming and recreational water activities,” Councillor Tucker said.
“The Happy Fish swim early morning three times a week all-year-round and asked council if we could provide a shower for a quick rinse off before getting on with their day.
“The community and council are very pleased TasWater stepped up to the plate to fund the project.”
TasWater bought and installed the shower in May.
Happy Fish swim group member Natalie Walter said she was grateful to everyone who helped make the project happen.
“The new shower at Beauty Bay may seem like a small structure, but its impact will be great,” she said.
“Hopefully, it will encourage more locals, old and young, to make use of the bay and its facilities.
“A quick rinse off before going to work or heading home will be appreciated by all, in particular the Happy Fish swim group.”
As a welcome addition, the shower will have some minor adjustments made for the convenience of swimmers.
A motion put forward by Cr Tucker at the council’s meeting on June 25 requested a small seat or table and bench, a one-metre wide cement path from the shower to the toilet block, and the addition of a coat of clear sealer on the shower base.
Cr Tucker said the community was “absolutely so happy” with the shower, but just wanted the area “tidied up a bit” and made more user friendly.
The motion for the additions was passed unanimously.
Cr Tucker said the council was pleased to have an opportunity to work with TasWater to deliver the project to the community, and hoped the shower facility would encourage more people to get in the water.