Leaks soak up Moura pool funding

THE Moura pool development has been downgraded after Banana Shire Council voted to use some of the grant money meant for the project to fix leaks found in the facility's two pools.

At its September meeting, the council voted to spend $220,000 from grant and budget funds to complete repairs to the pool.

Deputy Mayor Maureen Clancy said the council had to use some of the $1million grant money as it would have struggled to find the funds to fix the pool.

“We would have then had to close the pool [if we couldn't find the funds],” Cr Clancy said.

“Once the repairs are finished, council will bring a new plan back to the community on the pool development,” she said.

It was Cr Clancy who moved the motion to spend the grant funds, and use the same company to complete the repairs and create a new design using the remainder of the grant funds.

In his report to the meeting, Director of Commercial Services Andrew Reid stated the repairs could cost up to $250,000 but the estimate was reduced to $220,000.

Mr Reid's report stated the council's investigation into the leaks found there had been “minimal preventative maintenance undertaken on both the 50m and 25m pools thus reducing the pools' effective life expectancy.”

The main contributing factor to the defects on the 50m pool, built a decade ago, was associated with poor design, poor construction, and the lack of appropriate supervision during stages of construction.

The shell of the 25m pool is in reasonable shape for an ageing pool of 45 years; “however service pipes and ducts have appeared to have failed due to the reactive soils and the type of construction material at the time of construction.”

The pool upgrade had been due to start in late June but the council postponed it after finding the leaks, with tens of thousands of litres leaking each week from the 50m pool.

The upgrade was to include heating and enclosure of the 25m pool, shade covers, gymnasium and a water park for smaller kids.

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