Count­ing down to re-launch

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Pave­ment re­pairs, im­proved light­ing and equip­ment, and a new shade sail over the 50m pool are among the up­grades to the South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre, which is on track to re­open in Jan­uary.

The fa­cil­ity was closed in Septem­ber last year to al­low for a re­view and up­grade to the pool fil­ter sys­tem af­ter a test re­turned with ma­jor wa­ter qual­ity is­sues which posed a pub­lic safety risk.

The ten­der to be­gin work on the fa­cil­ity was awarded at the Oc­to­ber special coun­cil meet­ing.

Up­grades and re­pairs around the pools and the gen­eral area solve all of the ex­ist­ing is­sues to com­ply with pub­lic safety and the gen­eral per­for­mance of the me­chan­i­cal equip­ment.

Town of Port Hed­land Mayor Camilo Blanco said he un­der­stood the process had been an in­con­ve­nience for com­mu­nity mem­bers; how­ever, the the Town looked for­ward to open­ing the up­dated fa­cil­ity and pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence in time for sum­mer.

“We ac­knowl­edge that this has been an in­con­ve­nience for lo­cal peo­ple and our sport­ing groups and we’d like to thank the com­mu­nity for their pa­tience while the pool has un­der­gone this work,” he said.

“The project has ex­pe­ri­enced its share of chal­lenges, and the team has done an ex­cel­lent job in ad­dress­ing ev­ery chal­lenge and work­ing with the wider com­mu­nity to en­sure the South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre is the best fa­cil­ity we can pro­vide for our res­i­dents.”

A Fam­ily Fun Day is sched­uled for Aus­tralia Day, with all com­mu­nity mem­bers en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine.

Town of Port Hed­land chief ex­ec­u­tive David Pentz and Mayor Camilo Blanco.

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