AUSTINMER’S popular rock pools will be open for Christmas.
Work to repair the ageing northern pool has been completed, and contractors have started work on the southern pool.
This work will be put on hold over Christmas and January to give the community the chance to enjoy both pools during the warmer weather.
“We know these pools are much-loved by the community, as well as well-used by visitors to our region,’’ Wollongong City Council Director Infrastructure and Works Mike Hyde said.
“I’m pleased to be able to say, we’ve finished all the major repairs to the northern pool. While the northern pool’s handrail is yet to be installed and southern pool still requires work to ensure it’s in a good condition for many years to come, it is safe for us to open it up to swimmers for December and January.’’
In February, the contractors will resume work on the southern pool. The work to be completed on this pool includes strengthening the sea-side wall with panels, and minor repair works to the southern walls.
While this work is completed, the northern pool will remain open unless there is a risk to public safety.
“In the northern pool we trialled using the five tonne pre-cast panels on the sea-side wall of the pool to repair and reinforce the wall and it was a great success,’’ Mr Hyde said.
“As a result, the same process will be used on the southern pool. Fortunately, due to the favourable tide, sea and swell conditions towards the end of this year the contractor has been able to get ahead of their scheduled plan of works and are in the process of measuring, designing and ordered the purpose-built panels.’’
As well as the rock pools reopening for summer, visitors to Austinmer Beach Reserve will also enjoy a new playground.
Installation of the new playground is almost complete and is expected to be open in time for Christmas. The existing playground, which has remained operational while the new space was installed, will also be removed prior to the festive break.
In the new year, following community requests, Council will also install new fencing on the beach reserve to prevent children running into the busy car park.
“Austinmer Beach Reserve is a really popular area year round and this new playground will undoubtedly be a favourite of little ones and their families,’’ Mr Hyde said.
“The placement of this ageing playground is part of a broader range of works Council is carrying out in this area and is directly linked to our Play Strategy that focuses on providing quality, well maintained play spaces throughout our city.’’
Council has budgeted more than $1M this financial year for play space renewal, upgrades and replacements across the city. This is in addition to approximately $1.5M spent last financial year on play spaces. This focus is part of Council’s commitment to reinvest in valued infrastructure.
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit http://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au