Evans pool nearly ready for action
EVANS HEAD is counting down to when the community can make a splash in its own aquatic centre after 17 years of campaigning by a dedicated pool committee.
With a 25-metre, eight-lane heated pool, a tri-level leisure pool with all manner of aquatic play apparatus, a gym, kiosk and barbeque area with shade, it will be the ideal family entertainment centre, according to pool committee member, Trevor Mallett.
“We wanted to make sure that families will be able to use the centre for birthday parties and barbeques,” he said.
“I studied a lot of different community pools and those that concentrated on areas for picnics and barbeques seemed to be used the most.”
After years of cake stalls and raffles by the pool committee, it was a $3.4 million grant by the Federal Government that finally got the project over the line.
“We couldn’t have done it without (Federal Member for Page) Janelle Saffin,” Mr Mallett said.
“She deserves the credit as she pushed hard for us to get this funding.”
The date for the opening has been tentatively set for August 7, and rumour has it that Ms Saffin is keen to go for a dip.
“The date has to be tentative as now there is a Federal election on and it may need to be put back.
“But at the moment it hasn’t changed.”
Project manager Paul Garland, from building contractor Glenzeil Pty Ltd, pointed out the sustainable features of the centre.
“There is a water tank to top up the pools as needed,” he said.
“And any backwash from the pools will go to the gardens.
“The main pool is also heated by solar panels.”
Technically, the centre is an amazing piece of engineering and considered state-of-the-art, according to Mr Garland and site manager Rico Kalsen.
“It’s not a massive structure, but it is quite involved,” Mr Garland said.
“The engineering was pretty intense,” Mr Kalsen agreed.
“The water table in Evans Head fluctuates and when there is wet weather it rises, so the pools have to withstand that.”
At its deepest the main pool is 1.8 metres and the shallow end is 1.2 metres, with the water at a constant temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.
There is plenty of seating, including a three-tiered structure of grass and sandstone, blending into the landscaping.
The landscaped gardens around the aquatic centre have been filled with mainly native plants, including pandanus and Norfolk pines.
On opening day there will be an auction of the first 10 membership numbers to the centre, where the first person who bids successfully will be the first member of the public in the pool.
“The money raised will go to providing more seating and other bits and pieces we need for the centre,” Mr Mallett said.
There also will be a raffle drawn on the day where the first prize is a surfing holiday with Freeline Indonesian Surf Adventures.