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Work on Austi pools

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WORK on Austinmer Rock Pools will resume next week, with preparation underway for the installation of purpose-built panels in the sea-side wall of the southern pool.
The southern pool will be closed for the preparatory works which are expected to take place between Monday 7 and Friday 12 March, provided there are low tides, seas and swell conditions.
Works planned for next week include cleaning preparations for the eastern wall and the start of minor capping repair works to the southern walls.
Low-low tides are forecast between Tuesday 5 and Monday 11 April and at this time Council’s contactor – provided there are also low tides and swells – will install the panels to the eastern wall of the southern pool.
The southern pool will be reopened between the scheduled works provided there is no risk to public safety. Council will only close the northern pool if it’s unsafe for swimmers, such as when the rear wall panels are craned into place.
Wollongong City Council’s Director Infrastructure and Works Mike Hyde said the trial of using the pre-cast panels in the northern pool was a success.
“It’s exciting to be able to follow the same process in the southern pool,’,” he said
“This has been a very challenging project due to the unpredictability of the tides, seas and swells. I thank the community for their patience while we complete this important work that’ll help preserve these historic ocean pools for all swimmers.’’
Council opened both the northern and southern rock pools between December and March to give the community the chance to enjoy both pools during the warmer weather.
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111

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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