Tod­dler pool un­der re­pair

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Machiunery Field Days -

Re­pairs at Ararat Fit­ness Cen­tre have started af­ter ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tions into how best to ad­dress is­sues in­volv­ing the cen­tre’s tod­dler pool.

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Har­ri­son said he was pleased to in­form the com­mu­nity the pool would be re­paired and re­opened as soon as pos­si­ble.

He said af­ter an ini­tial as­sess­ment, coun­cil en­gi­neers com­mis­sioned an ex­ter­nal re­port to as­sess un­der­ly­ing in­fra­struc­ture and this iden­ti­fied the prob­lem and the re­pairs needed.

“The prob­lem has been tough to solve and took a lot of ex­per­tise, and the re­pairs them­selves will be quite tricky,” he said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that it’s been a long and dis­rup­tive time for lit­tle ones and their par­ents want­ing to use the pool, and we apol­o­gise for the de­lay.”

Dr Har­ri­son said re­pairs to the struc­ture were the only fea­si­ble op­tion ‘at this stage’.

“These re­pairs are go­ing to keep the tod­dler pool go­ing for a few more years, but we know we have to have some re­ally good con­ver­sa­tions with the com­mu­nity to make sure the fa­cil­ity can ser­vice the re­gion into the fu­ture,” he said.

Bendigo Aquat­ics will be in charge of the pool re­pairs and while there might be noise and dust, the coun­cil an­tic­i­pates the work will not im­pact on in­door pool classes.

Re­pairs are sched­uled to be com­plete within two weeks.

The coun­cil is plan­ning for fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments at the cen­tre so it can ap­ply for gov­ern­ment fund­ing. It will run con­sul­ta­tions in the sec­ond half of the year.

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