Now that the weather has warmed up, the use of Mitchell's updated swimming pool complex (which includes the Great Artesian Spa) has increased. This facility provides a pleasant and safe place for people to swim and socialise.
The Maranoa River, on the other hand, is not considered a safe swimming place for a number of reasons. Firstly, the water contains too many pollutants. Secondly, there are many hidden sandbars and snags -- also snakes. Nevertheless some children do swim near the bridge and emerge safe and sound.
The swimming pool is, however, a safer option and an important facility in a town where summer temperatures soar.