Kazumi Yasuhira, Yuki Sakamoto and pool lifeguard Ian Thomson embrace a new Anzac Pool initiative to help bridge cultural divides.
Kazumi Yasuhira, Yuki Sakamoto and pool lifeguard Ian Thomson embrace a new Anzac Pool initiative to help bridge cultural divides. Max Fleet

Poolside BBQ first of many

PLANS to bring backpackers and locals together through a series of social events are in full swing.

The NewsMail reported in Saturday's edition that planning was in the early stages, but event organiser Ken Wilson had been quick to get the ball rolling.

After making only initial inquiries last week, Mr Wilson said the first event would take place this Friday at Anzac Pool in an effort to hear more from backpackers about the kind of events they wanted to be held in future.

"We've organised a barbecue and get-together for the backpackers this week," Mr Wilson said.

"I'm organising promotional information which I'll hand out to all the hostels in the next few days."

Anzac Pool lessee Ian Thomson said the pool was a logical place to hold the first event.

"It's a great idea," he said.

"The pool is already well used by many of the backpackers in town."

Mr Thomson said the pool provided a fun atmosphere for local people and backpackers to interact.

"We try to create a hospitable place for the travellers - we even play a collection of music from overseas," he said.

"The backpackers are impressed with affordability of visiting the pool.

"They're always up for a good time."

The event will run from 4-6pm this Friday.

Entry into the pool for the event costs $3 and includes a free sausage sizzle.



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