Eyes on your child not your phone, urges Shire

​SHIRE of Mundaring's Bilgoman Aquatic Centre is open for the summer season with parents urged to remain vigilant.

Newly-elected Shire President John Daw said more people were heading to the local pool now the warmer weather had set in.

"Bilgoman and Mt Helena Aquatic Centres (due to open on 11 December) are extremely popular with people across all age groups," he said. "But aquatic centre staff have seen a significant increase in the number of parents and guardians who are glued to their smart phones and not paying attention to children in the water," he said.

While some aquatic centres in WA offer free Wi-Fi, they have done so in accordance with safety strategies recommended by Royal Life Saving Society WA. (View the campaign here).

However Shire of Mundaring has intentionally avoided implementing the service. "We believe a pool is no place for a phone," Cr Daw said. "We ask all adults to put their phones away and concentrate on the children in their care, especially those under five years. For this age group parents must be in the water with them and ensure children are within arm's reach at all times."

The Shire is proud that the Bilgoman and Mt Helena aquatic centres offer families and children a great day out.

"But guardians need to be alert at all times," Cr Daw said. "Our centres have life guards but ultimately children under your care are solely your responsibility."

He also urged parents/guardians to be vigilant at other swimming locations in the Shire such as the popular Lake Leschenaultia in Chidlow.

Please note: Mt Helena Aquatic Centre opens on 11 December 2017. Please check the Shire website for new opening times.

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