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Bourke pool opening delayed

The upgrade to the Bourke swimming pool has been slower than predicted with the expected opening now scheduled for late December or early in the New Year.

In a report to Bourke Shire Council, Manager of Environmental Services Dwayne Willoughby stated there had been some unexpected challenges to completing the project on schedule.

The project is behind time due to a significant water main break.

Tilers were also unable to complete their work on time due to the theft of their vehicle containing tiling tools and tiling products being used on the project, earlier this month.

Adding to the challenges was the availability contractors and materials due to COVID restrictions and adverse weather conditions.

In his report, Mr Willoughby outlined the works still to be completed and said maintaining a high standard was paramount given the large investment Council had made to the project.

Some of the additional works include seating along the concourse area of the pool and near the shade structure poles, artificial turf around the concourse sitting areas and more drainage for stormwater management. These works were not included in the original scope of the project.

Acting General Manager of Bourke Shire Council Leonie Brown said there would be no shortcuts taken on the upgrade and while that may delay the opening, it would be worth it.

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Vic Carnevale and Michael den Hartog contractors for Hydrocare Pools, commencing installation of the stainless-steel handrails on the disabled ramp of the pool. Photo TWH


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