ESSENTIAL remediation and repair works will be undertaken on the two ocean pools at Austinmer beach this winter.
The proposed works include refurbishing the eastern sea wall and repairing the side walls of both pools.
Work will also include replace the existing hand rails along the eastern sea wall and refurbishing the concrete pathway between both pools.
Wollongong City Council will also repair leaks under the sea walls.
Council is planning to begin the works in May 2014 and will continue over winter.
During construction Council is asking that people refrain from swimming in the pools.
Alternative pools are located at the rock pool at Coledale, off Northcote Street, or at Bulli.
“This is an example of another piece of the city’s ageing infrastructure that is deteriorating,” Recreation Services Manager Mark Bond said.
“This renewal of Austinmer’s rock pools will help us secure these beautiful pools which are valued by the community.
“The works will help to protect this asset before it becomes unsafe or unusable.
The northern Austinmer rock pool was built in the 1920s while the longer pool (southern) was constructed in the 1930s or 1940s.
The timing and duration of the works is subject to tides and weather.
For more information call (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.
I worry about Council’s plans to “fix” the pool – what do they have in mind? Has there been ANY community consultation? Not as far as I am aware. They should restore it to its original engineering specifications and ensure that the water flow dynamics remain active and not static. They have already adversely altered the south west corner of the northern pool by concreting in the drainage opening – just last week that corner had sewerage and 7 used bandaids in it and it was not able to be flushed out because Council had blocked it off. And this is the area where kids play. There is now an ongoing health issue, similar to that at Bulli pool. I would be grateful if Council could call a public meeting on site to discuss the upcoming work. It is great to see that the pool is being maintained, but there is a caveat as it is easy to damage the hydraulics of these coastal rock pools and Council does not have a perfect record in this regard. And we dont want the pools at Austinmer adversely affected via this work.