Making a splash

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Construction of the Deniliquin Swim Centre’s highly anticipated splash park has begun, and the facility will be operational in time for pool season opening next month.

It has been pre-constructed off site by Water Features by Design, with preparation work for its installation started last week.

It is being installed between the main 50m swimming pool and the Macauley St fence line.

Work to finalise the $434,500 project comes as council awarded another $577,000 contract for other upgrades at the pool to Farley Pools in Elphinstone, Victoria.

Edward River Council general manager Adam McSwain said the plan is to have the pool relining completed in time for season opening, with other upgrades to be completed after the pool season ends next year.

‘‘Some parts we’ll do before we open the pool, including removing the current vinyl liner and repainting the pool.

‘‘We’ll also reline the gutters and replace some tiles and repair the podiums.

‘‘There will also be a new water management system and a few other upgrades.

‘‘The original scope was to also include a wet deck, but after a few assessments on the benefits and the costs — and discussions with the operators and users — we are going away from that.’’

Mr McSwain said the upgrades have been costed as more than was set aside in council’s Stronger Communities Major Projects program in July last year.

He said council has agreed to take an additional $142,000 from an unallocated $500,000 from the Major Projects Program to complete the works.

‘‘The idea is to increase the lifespan of the pool,’’ Mr McSwain said.

‘‘We also received funding through round one of the Stronger Country Communities program to upgrade the changerooms and we are close to going to tender for that.

‘‘Those works will not be done until after the swimming season closes.’’