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The pool within the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The pool within the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.

The Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre pool will reopen by 1 February following replacement of the pool lining over the last four weeks.

The pool was closed after several leaks were discovered forcing pool operators to order a new lining from Italy.

Acting Centre Manager Yonika Mantel said it was hoped the pool could reopen by January 25, however time was needed to fill the pool and allow for settling before it could be opened to the general public.

She said all swim school activities had been postponed until  1 February, 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… 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,’ she said.

GSAC’s Mmaintenance officer Simon Speidel detected the problem in December after noticing 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.

‘We will inform people as soon as the facility is ready to reopen. We are excited to open the pool and get back to business as usual. This was undoubtedly the worst time of year for a scenario like this to occur but closing the pool was unavoidable – we had to put people’s safety and the long-term viability of the centre first,’ Ms Mantel said.

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