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Pool Complex to open as scheduled as 50m pool still undergoing repairs

2 October, 2019

Gunnedah Memorial Swimming Pool Complex including kids wet area, playground, 25 metre pool and limited kiosk will open as scheduled on 5th October, however, the 50m pool will be fenced off as repairs continue.

The leak, discovered recently, has been isolated to a seal failure in the movement joint and is undergoing repairs by contractors. Council received a detailed plan this week that outlines a timeline for the repair and testing of the pool, and it is expected the pool, pending all going to plan, will open by the 23rd November 2019. A qualified contractor with experience in making these specialised repairs has been retained.

“After a fabulous first season with our new pool, it’s extremely disappointing to have this setback, especially as we had planned to open the 50m pool a month earlier than usual” Council’s Acting General Manager Jeremy Bartlett said.

“It is so dry, and the weather is heating up quickly, so it was extremely important that we made the rest of the facility available to the community even though the 50m pool is out of commission” he continued.

The rest of the complex will be open for business as usual, with access through the main summer entrance, however the 50m pool will remain fenced until Council are satisfied the issue has been resolved.

“We know there will be disappointment over the delay and are working with contractors to have the work completed in a timely manner, but rather than rush the process, we need to be certain there will not be any further problems. The pool is essential to our way of life in Gunnedah and we will ensure it is repaired properly so the community can enjoy the facility for many years to come” he concluded.

The fault and all associated costs will be covered under the contractor’s defect liability period.

Gunida Gunyah were awarded the license to operate the kiosk for the 2019/20 Summer season and are expected to open the kiosk at full capacity by the end of October. A limited kiosk, similar to that operated at the winter entrance will provide services until the Gunya Café is operational.

View the detailed Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex FAQ Sheet here.

Photo caption: Aerial photo of the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.