BENDIGO has sweltered into the new year, with the temperature today predicted to reach 44 degrees – making the pool the perfect place to cool off.

Tex Hewitt and Kiara and Ronan Clarke jumped into Golden Square Pool this week to do just that – also helping to celebrate 7000 patrons through the pool’s gates in the first seven weeks of the season, an increase on this time last summer. 

Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN.