Council will invest close to $100,000 during the off season to undertake major improvements at both Dorrigo and Bellingen Swimming Pools.
The works at Dorrigo will include a complete replacement of the old filtration system along with a new and more efficient water pump. Due to the size and structure of the old cast iron filtration tank, the filtration shed roof will need to be removed to enable a crane to lift it out.
This work follows a number of improvements carried out at Dorrigo Pool over recent years including the installation of a disabled toilet and shower, the erection of an internal fence to improve safety, a chlorine dosing system, the replacement of gas heaters to keep the pool heated and the installation of solar panels to reduce electricity costs.
At Bellingen Swim Centre, both the toddler and middle size pools will be re painted. The pebble crete in the 25 meter pool will be acid washed and cleaned to promote efficient filtration and water quality.
Bellingen Shire Mayor, Cr Dominic King said “Now that the swim season has finished I would like to thank YMCA staff who manage our public swim centres. They do a great job in operating the pools, running swim programmes throughout the year as well as keeping patrons safe.”
I encourage our community to utilise our swimming pools as they are a valuable community resource, providing both recreational and remediation opportunities for the elderly and people with disabilities. Having a higher patronage reduces the level of subsidisation and increases opportunities for enhancement and development,” added the Mayor.
Both the Dorrigo and Bellingen Swim Centres are expected to reopen for the September school holidays following their makeovers.