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All systems go for pool upgrade

Thursday, 31st March, 2011

TAKING SHAPE: An artist’s impression of the external view of the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre which is being upgraded. TAKING SHAPE: An artist’s impression of the external view of the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre which is being upgraded.

By Gayle Hogan 

City Council last night awarded $1.8 million worth of tenders for the next phase of redevelopment at the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre.

Council awarded a negotiated tender to Riviera Pools and Spas for the completion of concrete pool works to the value of $962,273.

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd was awarded a negotiated tender for the provision of filtration worth $829,100.

A number of tenders were previously rejected by Council and were subject to negotiations with a view to forming a contract.

Negotiations for the pool concrete works and filtration were finalised and considered by an evaluation panel and it was recommended Riviera Pools and Spas and Hydrocare Pool Services be awarded the tenders 

The motion came as free entry to the swimming pool during the reconstruction is being blamed for a marked increase in unruly behaviour.

City Council's General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said the turnstiles at the pool were removed due to construction in late January and patrons were invited to make a donations on entry.

Mr Zaknich said there has been a rise in people "disrespecting facilities and grounds" since the turnstiles were removed.

In Council's Infrastructure Manager's monthly report for February it stated a that small number of young people had been wandering back and forth between the pool and the North Family Park. 

"The police have been advised of some concerning activities in the park which are also raising concerns for the general behaviour within the Aquatic Centre grounds," the report says.

"We want to discontinue that so the pool's available free of hassle for the community," Mr Zaknich told the BDT yesterday.

"We'd encourage people to observe the code of conduct and rules of behaviour while there."

He said stages two and three of the aquatic centre's redevelopment were "progressing well" despite delays due to rain.

The Stage two and three redevelopment will comprise:

  • The refurbishment of the 25m pool and enclosing it to make it suitable for year round operation;
  • The replacement of the toddler pool and the program pool with a new combined water play area and program pool;
  • The demolition of the existing entry, kiosk, change houses and old manager's office and replacing them with new facilities. The kiosk will also be demolished and replaced with an expanded kiosk/cafe;
  • The construction of a meeting room;
  • The consolidation of all plant and equipment in the one area and the demolition of the old plant room;
  • The construction of a new indoor hydrotherapy pool;
  • Fencing and landscaping;
  • Roadworks and provision of additional parking facilities. 

The Stage one redevelopment included the construction of a new 50m pool, associated plant and equipment and a water slide.

Meanwhile, Mr Zaknich said Council will assess whether the cost to heat the 50 metre pool during the coming winter was warranted.

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