Helensburgh toddlers’ pool closed for repairs

Helensburgh toddlers’ pool is closed for repairs

HELENSBURGH Toddlers’ Pool has been closed for “essential improvements”.

In September Wollongong City Council finished the first part of stage one works on the Helensburgh toddlers’ pool. Now it’s half-way through wrapping up the remaining works with the pool scheduled to re-open on Saturday December 19.

To meet the current NSW Department of Health Guidelines, Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery said it needed to separate the operation of the toddlers’ pool from the main pool so that both could operate independently of each other. The scheduled upgrades he said would ensure the long-term use of the Helensburgh pools for the local community through the summer months.

“At present, if an incident occurs in either pools, we have to shut down both to resolve the issue. This system isn’t ideal. By separating the operations of the pools, we can reduce the impact of shutdowns on pool goers,” he said.

“Our pools are important public facilities that are well-loved by many of our community members. During summer, all of Council’s pools receive an increase in visitors. With this in mind, we’re aiming to finish works on the toddlers’ pool by Christmas.”

The scheduled works will include the installation of — a new cartridge filter, pumps and equipment servicing the toddlers’ pool; new pipework, fittings and fixtures; a separate 5,000 litre balance tank and solar heating controller with controls and sensors.

The engagement of a contractor for this project followed Council’s resolution in July 2020 to undertake a formal quotation process in accordance with procurement policies and procedures.

The Helensburgh Pool remains open and will not be interrupted by works on the toddlers’ pool. To prepare for the busy summer swim season and keep everyone COIVD safe, Council is asking visitors to make a booking to swim at Helensburgh pool. The booking system supports equitable access. You can book your swim to attend any of Council’s public pools by visiting its website.

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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 pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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