Age­ing 50m pool blows out cost for project’s mas­ter plan

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - CAIT­LAN CHARLES cait­lan.charles@dai­lyex­am­

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.

Photo: Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil

Grafton Olympic Pool Mas­ter Plan.

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