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Woonona pool closed for three months

WOONONA Rock Pool will remain closed for almost three months

Woonona pool will be closed until June 30 for upgarde work.

while Wollongong City Council replace two intake pipelines.

The pool was closed on April 10 for the removal and replacement of the pipelines. The project is expected to be completed by June 30, depending on favourable weather, tides and swell.

As part of the project, two intake pipelines, and their support beams and attachments will be removed and replaced.

Wollongong City Council’s director of infrastructure and works Peter Kofod said the pipes run from the beach, along the seafloor, to beyond the rock shelf.

The intake opening is three metres down towards the seabed from the rock shelf.

“This is essential maintenance that needs to be carried out, and given the underwater conditions, it’s a challenging task,” Mr Kofod said.

“The old pipes are rusting, and air has been getting into the pipes.”

Council hopes by carrying out the work in winter, it will cause less disruption to swimmers and beachgoers.

Council looks after nine rock pools along the coast, including recently-renovated pools at Bulli and Coledale.

“It’s important for us to ensure these popular community assets are maintained,’’ Mr Kofod said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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