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Council to fork out big to fix Moura's pool

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Regulars users of the Moura Swimming Pool Barbara Ronnfeldt, Glen Ronfeldt and Joeleen Jackson, Alan Ronnfeldt, Abbey Jackson and Emily Turner are waiting to hear what will happen with the planned $1million upgrade of the facility and if the complex will open in time for the 2009/10 swim season.
LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Regulars users of the Moura Swimming Pool Barbara Ronnfeldt, Glen Ronfeldt and Joeleen Jackson, Alan Ronnfeldt, Abbey Jackson and Emily Turner are waiting to hear what will happen with the planned $1million upgrade of the facility and if the complex will open in time for the 2009/10 swim season.

A $1 MILLION upgrade at the Moura Swimming Pool complex has been stalled after major structural problems were found in two of the pools.

Banana Shire Council started work on the project in late June, but soon afterwards found leaks in the 50m and 25m pools.

This has forced the council to re-evaluate the upgrade and seek costings for repairs.

Director of environmental services Andrew Reid said the council had not been able to determine how much water had been lost due to the structural problems which stemmed from when the facilities were first built in the 90s and 70s respectively.

Mr Reid said they had monitored the water treatment plant, which services the pool complex, and it had been determined that tens of thousands of litres of water was being leaked each week from the 50m pool alone.

“That's a lot of water,” he said.

“It has been suggested it probably leaked from the start.”

The upgrades include heating and enclosure of the 25m pool, shade covers, gymnasium and a small water park for smaller children.

The majority of the project is on hold so the pools can be fixed and the complex can open in time for the September swimming season.

Mr Reid said council was hoping to have the 25m pool open for summer, but the 50m pool could be isolated for some time.

“There has been some real angst in the community,” he said.

Deputy Mayor of Banana Shire Council Maureen Clancy said council was evaluating the cost of fixing the 50m pool and was looking to put a submission to the State Government to divert some of the funding for repairs.

“We could be blown away by the cost of fixing the pool,” she said.

“We are hoping they (State Government) do look at that (the submission) seriously - we are going to be hard-pressed to find that (extra) money.”

She said if the grant money could be put into the repairs, some of the upgrades might not happen.

“There probably won't be heating for this season.”

“We need to try and get some answers but there shouldn't be any concern for the community.”


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