Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

GSAC’s leaky pool liner will be fixed by February

THE Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre pool has a new pool lining and is set to reopen on February 1 after a four-week closure.

Several leaks were detected late last year and a new PVC membrane was sent from Italy to replace the damaged lining.

It was hoped the pool could reopen by January 25, but more time is needed to fill the pool and allow for settling before it can be reopened to the public.

Acting centre manager Yonika Mantel explained that the pool may open as early as next Wednesday, and members would be alerted when the facility reopened.

She said all Swim School activities had been post- poned to Monday, February 1, to provide certainty for parents and staff.

"We are currently preparing for the pool to be refilled and reheated, and cannot be sure when the water will be ready for use," she said.

"It could be as early as next Wednesday, but we do not want to cause confusion, so we have postponed our GSAC Swim School activities until the following week.

"We will inform people as soon as the facility is ready to reopen.

"This was undoubtedly the worst time of year for a scenario like this to occur but closing the pool was unavoidable."

GSAC's maintenance officer Simon Speidel detected the problem last month after noticing that the volume of water and chemicals being used had increased.

He commissioned divers to inspect the pool and several leaks were discovered within the pool lining and the balance tank.

Investigations revealed a fault with the seals, and the company that constructed the pool was required to replace the PVC membrane at no cost to the council.

Swimsations swimming lessons scheduled at the Lismore Memorial Baths will take place as planned on Monday, January 25.



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