Echuca pool upgrade expected to go swimmingly

By Riverine Herald

THE pool and steam room at the Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre will get a $500,000 upgrade this school holidays.

A new air circulation system will be installed from July 1-15 and the facilities will be closed during this time.

Campaspe Shire Council mayor Adrian Weston said council chose to conduct the works during the school holidays as pool bookings and casual use was lowest in this period.

“The $565,500 project is required to replace the 20-year-old air circulation system which can no longer run at full capacity, is difficult to control and expensive to run,’’ he said.

“The new energy efficient system will be better for pool users, providing consistent water and air temperatures, along with more comfortable humidity levels.

“Completing the works during the school holiday period will ensure the 732 participants involved in learn to swim programs and school groups are not affected.’’

Aquatic programs including aqua aerobics and the holiday learn to swim program will be cancelled for the two weeks.

“Additional programs in the dry areas will be scheduled during the pool closure with a particular focus catering to those who would have normally attended the aqua aerobics sessions,” Cr Weston said.

“EWMAC aquatic members will be credited for the two weeks and all other members will have the option to suspend their membership.”

During the two-week closure additional pool hall works will include skylight upgrades with thermal and condensation control and the installation of automatic window louvres.

The bathroom and changing areas, gym and group fitness rooms will remain open as normal.

Following the closure, shade sails will be installed along the western boundary (High St side) to reduce the impact of sunlight on the building’s temperature.

The facility will remain open during this period.

The area will re-open to the public on Monday, July 16, and work updates will be posted on EWMAC and council’s social media channels.