Coffs Harbour War Memorial Swimming Pool is about to be upgraded.
Coffs Harbour War Memorial Swimming Pool is about to be upgraded.

Swimplex to do pool upgrade

COFFS Harbour City Council has awarded the contract for redevelopment of the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Swimming Pool to Aquatics Unit Trust (Swimplex Aquatics Pty Ltd).

Swimplex has its headquarters, warehouse and factory in Coffs Harbour’s Lawson Crescent and has offices in Orange and Hornsby.

The projected budget for the renovation is $5million.

This includes upgrading the 50 metre pool, plant and equipment, removing the teaching pools and adding many improvements.

The renovated War Memorial Swimming Pool is expected to provide expanded opportunities for year-round access to swimming facilities; improved facilities for disabled and elderly people; additional aquatic play space for children and toddlers; and increased opportunities for learn to swim classes and aquatic fitness.

Coffs Harbour’s public swimming pool has been causing concern for years, not least because it is losing large quantities of water through undetectable leaks and requires repairs.

Funding for the project is coming from contributions from the Coffs Coast State Park Trust; DEEWR grant funding; council loan funds and a philanthropic donation from Barbara Hogbin and the late Allen Hogbin.

Coffs Harbour City councillors also approved extending the pool loan by up to $700,000 to a total of $2,215,500 to cover the current shortfall in funding for the project.

The director of corporate business, Craig Milburn, said council’s debt service ratio would ‘comfortably allow’ for this addition to the pool loan.

Mr Milburn said council could also negotiate with the tenderer for additional cost savings and undertake fundraising activities with the community to reduce the size of the loan.

Councillors were told the alternative to extending the loan was to cut out 14 different elements of the upgrade including new family change rooms; concrete seating; refurbishment of the stand shade; new shade structures; soft fall, splash pad and flow and return lines; water toys; a lifeguard room; refurbishment of the amenities, water harvesting and landscaping.



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