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Pool in damage control

WIPE OUT: The Byron Bay pool has been closed due to storm damage.
WIPE OUT: The Byron Bay pool has been closed due to storm damage. Patrick Gorbunovs

BYRON Bay's trouble-plagued public pool will likely be closed for at least two weeks after suffering storm damage, The Northern Star has been told.

It means local school swimming carnivals which are scheduled for next week for Byron Bay public, the high school and St Finbarr's Primary School may have to be delayed or moved.

Byron Shire Council executive manager of corporate management, Mark Arnold, said council was waiting on a structural engineering report on damage to the pool's pump house.

"The report will provide recommendations regarding repairs needed and or replacement parts and from there we can determine a timeline," Mr Arnold said.

"Cost to fix the damage is still unknown at this stage and is dependent upon the findings of the engineering report," he said.

He said in the meantime the pool water would be maintained to ensure the facility could be opened to the public as soon as the plant room had been repaired or replaced.

In the meantime, Byron Bay Pool season pass holders can use their pass at the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.

Last year it was revealed that the cash-strapped council would need to fork out about $150,000 for a new filter for the pool which is about 30 years old and breaking down.

Council staff have warned that the situation may force the closure of the pool or render council insolvent.

Council is also grappling with the costly challenge arising from the pool and co-located Fishheads restaurant being situated on both Crown and council-owned land.

Over several years, land- swap deals between the council, Crown Lands and the Department of Local Government were unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the issue.

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