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Pool closure needs more consideration

Friday, 29th April, 2011

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The 25 metre pool is being refurbished this winter. UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The 25 metre pool is being refurbished this winter.

By Gayle Hogan 

City Council is expected to give residents more time to comment before it decides whether to close the 50 metre swimming pool over winter.

Shutting the pool would leave the city without a public swimming facility for almost four months because the 25 metre pool was currently being refurbished.

Although the 50m pool is heated via an electric pump, heating over winter was expected to be costly.

Heating the 50m pool over the period under consideration was expected to cost $84,790 excluding GST.

Normally the 50m pool would close over the winter months, with the 25m heated pool operating.

It is not known whether the heating system was adequate to heat the pool to a comfortable swimming temperature during colder weather, according to a report to Council.

Council's Technical Services Committee last week considered whether to recommend closing the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre from May 15 to September 4, or until the 25m pool was recommissioned following its refurbishment. 

Council's Group Manager Infrastructure Paul DeLisio said the meeting recommended Council continue to consult with the public before a decision was made.

The recommendation will be considered at Council's monthly meeting next week.

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