New pool complex on track

A $5.5million redevelopment of Murwillumbah's swimming pool complex and adjacent carpark, including construction of a new library, may begin in 2006.

Tweed Shire Council officers are preparing a report to be put to councillors before Christmas outlining a recommended timetable for the development following consideration of public comments.

Environment and health services manager Geoff Edwards said if councillors gave approval to the timetable, detailed design work would begin immediately and tenders called later next year.

He said it was hoped the redevelopment could be undertaken "in one hit" rather than stages because the proposed carpark would partly cover land now occupied by the pool complex.

He said the project could see the pool close early at the end of the 2005-06 swimming season, possibly late February.

That would give contractors "six to eight months" to finish the project before a later-than-usu- al re-opening of the pool for the 2006-2007 swimming season.

Last month a conceptual plan for the development was put on public display.

It featured a hydrotherapy pool estimated to cost $532,000, a new 25-metre pool heated for year-round use costing $950,000, a new $313,000 diving pool built to current standards and new leisure pools costing $248,000. Upgrading of the Olympic Pool to eight lanes, including provision of wet decks, is expected to cost a further $313,000.

A three-storey carpark facility with 240 car spaces ? an increase of 113 car spaces ? would cost $1,888,000 with the possibility of creating a further 296 car spaces nearby in the future by relocating the current CWA meeting rooms to the upper level at a cost of $685,000.

A new library built in the redevelopment, above the one-in-onehundred year flood level with improved, safer access would cost about $1,003,000.

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