The Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre pool is open again after a four-week closure.
Pool managers were forced to close the pool at the peak of the school holiday season after several leaks were detected in the pool lining last year.
The leaks were discovered after the pool’s maintenance manager noticed that the volume of water and chemicals being used had increased.
An inspection by divers confirmed a number of leaks, and suppliers in Italy were contacted to rectify the situation.
As a result, four weeks later a new PVC membrane has been installed, which managers said had not cost the community anything.
Acting Centre Manager Yonika Mantel said despite the opening of the pool, Aqua and Swim School classes would continue at the Lismore Memorial Baths this week, with the Goonellabah centre timetable returning to normal on Monday, 1 February.
‘We are so thrilled to welcome back our members, students and visitors,’ Yonika said.
‘We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time and to staff for not only identifying the problem but also the professional way in which they have handled a very difficult situation.
‘It’s now back to business as usual and we invite the whole community to once again come and enjoy their local pool.’
At the time it was built, the Goonellabah centre cost $17 million.