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by Pamela Perre
The number of tourists
month were on par with
previous years, according
to statistics gathered by the
local visitor information
Loxton Visitor Information
Centre manager Tracy Bye said
many tourists visiting the area
through during the Christmas
period were usually return visi-
“They are likely either families
who come annually for a holiday,
or who come to visit friends or
relatives over the break,” she said.
“The Village, Historic Loxton,
surveys visitors as they come
through and they reported that
about 50 per cent of visitors were
visiting from over the river.”
Mrs Bye said the breaks of
cooler weather over the Christmas
break encouraged visitors to
explore the town.
“When the weather got a little
nicer, visitors came away from
the river and had a look in the
actual town,” she said.
“Other reports we received
were that the most popular river
times were in the morning and the
evening. On those really hot days,
in the middle of the day, there was
The Loxton Riverfront Holiday
Park reported reaching about 90
per cent capacity over the break,
while the Loxton Hotel was
still booked out over the week-
end thanks to swimming event,
the South Australian Country
Championships, being held local-
River front and locals help encourage...
by Stephanie Thompson
Local children will need
minimal coaxing to get into the
Loxton Swimming Pool today,
when the first VACSWIM session
The temperature is expected to reach
41C today and will mark the begin-
ning of the week-long program.
About 60 local children are expected
to take to the pool today and Loxton
VACSWIM instructor in charge Laura
Zdanowicz said learning water safety
“It is incredibly important,” she said.
“Everyone is going to be exposed to
water at some stage in their life, even
if they don’t enjoy swimming.”
With an almost 60 year history,
VACSWIM is the largest annual
water safety event in South Australia,
designed to pro-actively support chil-
dren aged 5 to 13 years old in develop-
ing a range of aquatic skills, increasing
confidence in the water, along with
learning personal survival activities
and basic emergency procedures.
Ms Zdanowicz said the VACSWIM
program equipped children with “a
number” of skills.
“It gives children basic water safe-
ty skills and also knowledge about
different water environments and the
dangers,” she said.
“Beach safety, river safety and safe-
ty around the home.
“They learn how to swim strokes,
but emphasis is on survival in the
Children are still able to enrol for
VACSWIM this morning, with ses-
sions beginning at 10am and 11am.
“Parents can still enrol on the day
if they want to come along,” Ms
“If they turn up at those times,
hopefully we will be able to fit them
into a class.”
The bronze medallion qualification
is also available for children to gain.
“That is a very useful qualification
to have. You can use it to get SACE
credits, if you want to be a lifeguard or
swimming instructor,” Ms Zdanowicz
Sweltering start to
A Loxton man was arrested
last Wednesday, following an
assault in Loxton.
Police said the 33-year-old assault-
ed a woman at a house on Anderson
Street at about 1am.
The woman received medical
treatment for minor injuries.
The man was charged with assault
causing harm, and was bailed to
appear in court at a later date.
The man and woman are known to
Woman assaulted, arrest made
About 60 local children will participate in the VACSWIM program, which starts
in Loxton today. Pictured at the Loxton Swimming Pool is Loxton VACSWIM
instructor in charge Laura Zdanowicz (second from left) with participants (from
left) Chace, 5, Lila, 4, and Riley Thiele, 8. PHOTO: Stephanie Thompson
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