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Repairs at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre are progressing well ahead of a planned reopening on 30 April, with all essential pool plant equipment now reinstated after flooding of the centre.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Councillor, Daniel Sanderson, said the Maryborough Aquatic Centre suffered considerable damage as a result of the recent flood, with repairs required throughout the centre.

“All pool plant equipment required to operate the pools has been reinstated, and is awaiting testing once pools have been refilled and are ready to filter once again,” Mr Sanderson said.

“While a lot of work has already been done, there is still a lot to do before the centre can open to the public again.

“We appreciate the community wants to get back in the swim of things, but it’s not as simple as just emptying the pool and filling it back up again.

“We need to ensure the entire facility is safe.

“The centre has been cleaned thoroughly and Council has disposed of items that were contaminated or damaged beyond repair.

“The 50-metre pool has had the wet deck grating and new backstroke flag holders reinstated. This pool is close to being refilled with 1.6 million litres of water but is awaiting silicon works.

“The 16-metre indoor program pool has been reinstated, including the wet deck grating. This pool has also been refilled and the water treated to the standard required for swimming.”

Councillor Paul Truscott said the 25m pool needed significant work, with the whole pool to be re-grouted, while the wet deck grating and some tiles need to be replaced.

“Work has started on repairs in other areas of the centre such as the internal toilets and change facilities, the external showers, the kiosk, first aid room, office and CCTV area,” Mr Truscott said.

“Work will start soon to restore the toddlers’ water play area, the gym and the club meeting room.

“Council understands the community is eager for the aquatic centre to reopen, and we are working as quickly as we can with contractors to get all the work done amongst the continued wet weather and supply chain challenges.

“We thank the community for their continued patience and understanding while Council works with contractors to get the Maryborough Aquatic Centre up and running again as soon as possible.”

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