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Pool facing partial closure this winter

Monday, 31st January, 2011

The aquatic centre may be closed this winter The aquatic centre may be closed this winter

The Aquatic Centre may be closed this winter.

The 50 metre pool is the only one that will be open during the off-peak winter period, with the rest closed due to construction of new facilities being in full swing.

City Council will stop heating the pool during May, and at the end of the month, see if it is still being used. If it isn't, it will likely be closed until August.

Acting General Manager, Des Bilske, said the reason was not only the cost, but planned redevelopment work at the pool.

Closure would also depend on the weather, he said.

During the winter, keeping the 50m pool heated would be too much for the Aquatic Centre's budget, Mr Bilske said.

Heating and labour costs through winter could mean a loss of over $60,000, he said.

"It'll be determined by whether we have really cold weather or a mild winter."

Council would give pool-goers "as much notice as we possibly can," he said.

Completion of the redevelopment is scheduled in time for summer.

Council's monthly meeting last week considered closing the pool from the start of May, but Councillor Marion Browne said 'dedicated swimmers' should be given the chance to keep swimming through the winter. 

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