La­goon to stay shut for weeks

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

IT WILL be at least eight to 10 weeks be­fore lo­cals and vis­i­tors to the Whit­sun­days will be able to take a dip in Air­lie’s fa­mous la­goon.

The wrath of Cy­clone Deb­bie se­verely im­pacted the pop­u­lar at­trac­tion, leav­ing it with a num­ber of de­fects re­quir­ing ma­jor at­ten­tion.

On Tues­day, co-or­di­na­tor of Parks and Gar­dens at Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mark Cal­laghan met with project man­agers to as­sess the la­goon and its cur­rent con­di­tion.

“An engi­neer­ing re­port has been pre­pared and the la­goon re­quires mul­ti­ple re­pairs in­clud­ing re-lin­ing and fix­ing de­fects in the pool’s shell,” he said.

“We’re (also) try­ing to re­pair the pumps which went un­der­wa­ter dur­ing the cy­clone. We’ve got to clean ex­ist­ing pump lines as well and pump cir­cu­la­tion lines need to be looked at.”

So far, three out of five pumps have been re­paired. Dur­ing the course of the pool works, land­scap­ing will also be per­formed as well as paint work be­ing done on struc­tures.

Mr Cal­laghan said it was im­por­tant the pub­lic knew it was not the la­goon precinct that was closed but the la­goon pool it­self.

De­spite hav­ing an idea of when the pool would re-open, its com­ple­tion date was weather de­pen­dent, he said.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

CLOSED: Air­lie’s la­goon is ex­pected to open in eight to 10 weeks.

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