Pool-complex work on schedule

CONSTRUCTION of the new $17 million Murwillumbah swimming pool and car park is on track despite more than two months of rainy weather. Council officers yesterday showed off progress on the project which is due to be completed about November this year, provided more wet weather does not set in. The council's Aquatic%Facilities Supervisor Glenn Nott said the public had been "very interested in the construction process" and he expected the completion of pool and car park complex in November. However the car park may be open mid-year, depending on the weather and "operational issues" such as power being available on site for the planned internal lift. A council spokesperson said the car park would accommodate 296 vehicles on its three levels. Steel sheeting has been laid to allow concrete to be poured for the floors, a stage which would take two days for each level. After that she said ex-%terior panels would be put in place. The shell of the 25-metre pool is scheduled to be poured in the next few days and completed by the end of next week Concrete for the hydrotherapy and learn-to-swim pools has already been poured, with associated pipes now being put in place. Work on the new Olympic pool is also set to start. The spokesperson said the old pool, which has been a popular stop-off place for ducks so far during construction, would be emptied over the next few weeks. It would be reconfigured to eight lanes and fitted with a fibreglass lining. Construction would later start on a grandstand for 400 people and a pool hall for the heated internal pool which would allow work to con-%tinue indoors out of the weather. The pools are being built by a Murwillumbah firm with other local subcontractors also employing Tweed workers.



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