CBay pool to shut for repairs

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2014
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FIX-UP: Maintenance will be carried out on the 25-metre lane pool next month. This file photo shows its final stage of construction in 2012.

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Lifting tiles will see the indoor lane pool at the CBay Aquatic Centre close for nearly three weeks, with the main contractor yet to be fully paid.

The 25-metre lane pool is to close at the end of opening hours on Sunday, March 16, and reopen on Friday, April 4.

Council district services manager Ashley Harper said it was the first maintenance shutdown of the pool.

"It is timely to conduct a final inspection, following construction, of the 25-metre pool, given that it is the largest and deepest of our pools.

"There have been a small number of tiles that have lifted since we opened which we will look to repair during this time. These tiles are primarily around the sparges [inlet pipes]."

This time of year had been chosen because the outdoor pool was still available to customers, minimising disruption.

The shutdown was not related to sand getting into the pool, which had been rumoured, he said.

Mr Harper said Ranger Construction had still not been fully paid, with $200,000 held in retention monies. "There are a few remediation issues. We think it will be resolved within two months.

"We understand that Ranger have disputes with some contractors but that is not related to the retention monies we are holding back."

All other facilities will stay open as normal and the 50-metre outdoor pool's hours have been extended to 9pm on weekdays and 7pm at weekends. The outdoor pool will be heated to 27C and remain open until the 25-metre pool reopens.

Aquafit classes will be discontinued for the duration of the maintenance. Learn2Swim and Swim School sessions will run as normal.

Most of the work will take place outside aquatic centre hours to keep noise and disturbance down.

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