Cyclone Charlotte storm front delays outdoor pool upgrade

Published on Friday, 22 April 2022 at 1:16:29 PM

Upgrades to the Geraldton Aquarena’s outdoor pool were set to be delivered on schedule and within budget, however works on the project have been suspended due to extensive damage caused by extreme rains that were pushed south by Cyclone Charlotte.

Engineers have been evaluating the integrity of the pool these last few weeks and the extent of the damage is still being determined.

City of Greater Geraldton Chief Executive Officer Ross McKim said it was an upsetting development.

“The Aquarena’s new outdoor pool was progressing really well and we couldn’t have asked for more from everyone involved. This news is a big blow for all, especially our community,” he said.

“We don’t have all the answers right now as the extent of the damage is still being determined. What we do know is that the project was going to be completed ahead of schedule and within budget, and the damage from the Cyclone Charlotte storm front has pushed timeframes back significantly.

“This is no one’s fault and appears to be purely from the extreme rainfall that also impacted other parts of Geraldton as well as the Midwest.

“I know our community will be disappointed with this news, the Aquarena’s outdoor pool is very popular, and we ask for patience and understanding during this time,” Mr McKim added.

The Geraldton Aquarena’s outdoor pool reached the end of its 50 year lifecycle last year and was being upgraded so the community could enjoy it for a further 20 years.

Upgrade works include the replacement of the pool’s concrete walls, installation of disability access ramps and stairs, retiling as well as a new water treatment plant, drainage and hydraulic systems.

It is a $6.1 million project that has received $750,000 in funding from the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.

The City is in discussions with insurers, and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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