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Bellambi ocean pool opens ahead of tomorrow’s scorcher

Bellambi Pool Bluebottles

Bellambi Blue Bottles Winter Swimming Club test out the refurbished Bellambi Ocean Pool

BELLAMBI Rock Pool has reopened ahead of tomorrow’s forecast high temperatures, following an extensive refurbishment.

The pool was closed to the public in May for the project to upgrade and refurbish its concourse. At the same time Wollongong City Council reconstructed the seawall to the north of the pool.

Work wrapped up on the project yesterday (Thursday) in time for the pool to refill as the tide came in yesterday afternoon. Swimmers, including members of the Bellambi Blue Bottles Winter Swimming Club, returned to the much-loved pool today.

Over the past six months there has been extensive work carried out at the pool, which is at least 40 years old. The ageing infrastructure’s walls were renewed and repaired, the access ramp was renewed and sections of the concourse were renewed. The viewing platform at the northern end of the pool was updated and now has new seating. Plus, there were repairs to the floor and the pool was given a bright coat of paint.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the community would be pleased to see the popular pool reopened in time for Christmas.

“Tomorrow is forecast to be very hot conditions and I’m sure the reopening of this pool will be welcomed by the local community,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“Bellambi Rock Pool is a beautiful and popular spot for a swim. And now that is has enjoyed this extensive refurbishment, it’s set to be the go-to swim spot for many years to come.’’

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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