Council has invested close to $100,000 during the winter off season to undertake major improvements at both Dorrigo and Bellingen swimming pools.
The works at Dorrigo included a complete replacement of the old filtration system along with a new and more efficient water pump. Due to the size and structure of the old cast iron filtration tank, the filtration shed roof had to be removed to enable a crane to lift it out.
This work follows a number of improvements carried out at Dorrigo Pool over recent years including the installation of a disabled toilet and shower, the erection of an internal fence to improve safety, a chlorine dosing system, the replacement of gas heaters to keep the pool heated and the installation of solar panels to reduce electricity costs.
At Bellingen Swim Centre, both the toddler and middle size pools were repainted. The pebble crete in the 25 meter pool was acid washed and cleaned to promote efficient filtration and water quality.
Bellingen Shire Mayor, Cr Dominic King encourages the community to utilise our swimming pools.
“They are a valuable community resource providing both recreational and remediation opportunities for the elderly and people with disabilities. Having a higher patronage reduces the level of subsidisation and increases opportunities for enhancement and development,” he said.
Both the Dorrigo and Bellingen Swim Centres will open for the 2018/19 season on Saturday 15 September 2018.