UPGRADE works on the Gunnedah Memorial Pool are well under way, with locals set to make a splash in the new facility before Christmas.
The $12 million project will include a new state-of-the-art 50-metre pool, while construction of a new pavilion is also nearing completion at the site.
Gunnedah Shire Council’s project manager Mike Silver said work was on schedule.
“Over the next two months we will see some big changes happening here,” Mr Silver said.
“I think there will be about 40 employees from all of the different trades working here all at once, and that is expected to be the case for the next two and half months.
“It’s looking like we will be complete on schedule at this stage.”
After excavation setbacks earlier in the year, Mr Silver said construction of the facility’s new pavilion was also on track.
“I’d say the pavilion has reached the 70 per cent complete point,” he said.
“The roof is about to put on, and hopefully by the beginning of next month all of the finishing trades should be able to start to move in.”
Along with upgrades to the outdoor facility, Gunnedah’s indoor 25-metre pool has also been closed for improvement works.
“Works to the indoor pool have come along quite quickly,” Mr Silver said.
“At the moment we are ready to add the wet sealing to the updated amenities and tiling will follow after that.
“Works to the indoor pool’s new water plant have also come along well and hopefully we should have that complete in the next week.
“As well as that, we are waiting for the new paint work in the pool to set and dry and then hopefully in the next seven to 10 days we can fill the pool with water.
“The indoor pool is still expected to be open on October 6 and the practical finish date for the pool is November 22 and it should be open to the public before Christmas.”