CONSTRUCTION works for the new Gunnedah Memorial Pool project are on target as the new 50-metre pool begins to take shape.
Despite the searing heat, project manager for Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) Mike Silver said the development is “moving along quickly”.
Since the works started last October, demolition and excavation of the site for the new facilities have continued week-on-week.
“We have made significant progress,” Mr Silver said.
“Things are going pretty well and are really starting to take shape.
“We have taken significant steps with the 50-metre pool and work to the kids wet play area and pavilion are in hand and are expected to begin sometime next week.”
Mr Silver said installation of crucial water systems for the new 50-metre pool would begin in the next week.
“Next week will see the water feed system installed,” he said.
“As well as that, we will also see the installation of the pipe work pressure system under the pool and some of the steel work for the 50 metre pool go up as well.”
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The $11.4 million project hit a snag in early-January as it was found more funds would need to be allocated for excavation works to the future site of the 25-metre pool.
“We are still in the process of pricing up that excavation work,” Mr Silver said.
“I think we can expect to know the full extent of that in the coming weeks as well.”
The closure of the pool during the summer months has drawn some criticism from the community, but Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said “it will be well worth the wait”.
“This is an important and timely infrastructure upgrade that will reap benefits for our entire community for many years to come,” Cr Chaffey said.
“As we are now in a significant part of the construction phase for the Gunnedah Memorial Pool complex upgrade, the installation of the eight-lane, 50-metre, outdoor pool, it is positive to see this major project running on-time.”
The project is set to be completed and opened in October.
The Gunnedah heated pool is currently open.