SITE REVAMP TO COST $17M
Ageing 50m pool blows out cost for project’s master plan
CLARENCE Valley Council will spend an extra $6mminimum on the Grafton Olympic Pool Master Plan following a structural assessment that found the 50m pool would fail in coming years.
The six-stage project will now cost $16,977,000, and will include a new 50m pool, waterslides and diving pool refurbishment, an indoor heated 25m pool, and refurbishment of the main building.The council will seek funding for from state and federal governments for it.
The plan was originally slated to cost between $2m - $11m.
At the Corporate Governance and Works committee meeting, Cr Karen Toms questioned why the project had almost doubled in cost.
Troy Anderson, works and civil director, said when the council first costed the project, it was intending to use all existing structures.
“In discussions following that it was determined that the 50m pool had limited life left in its current form,” he said.
“The decision was made to move forward with the new pool which changed the layout and provided new facilities.”
Mr Anderson said if the master plan was not endorsed, the council would still have to deal with the aged pool in the near future.
Part of the Grafton Olympic Pool Master Plan involves leasing or selling the South Grafton Pool. With a new 25m heated pool being built as part of the plan, and as stages of the master plan are completed, the pool will be considered for sale or long-term lease.
Grafton Olympic Pool Master Plan.