The Renmark Outdoor Swimming Pool Upgrade is set for a March 2021 construction date while the Waikerie pool is getting new heat-retaining covers.
The Renmark Paringa Council has announced the contract to undertake the pool upgrade has been awarded to Hydrilla, formerly known as Statewide Pools and Spa Services.
By October 2021 the pool will be fitted with a walk-in access ramp and wet deck installed and filtration infrastructure upgrades will result in water efficiencies and reduced operating costs.
Mayor Neil Martison said the renewal of the pool has been scheduled at an ideal time as Renmark will be hosting the 2022 State Country Swimming Championships which were planned for January 2021 however was deferred due to COVID-19.
“The State Country Championships were held in Renmark in 2017 and was a terrific event which saw a great economic and social boost into our community through competitors and spectators coming from around the State. We look forward to hosting the event again in 2022 in our newly upgraded swimming facility," said Mayor Martinson.
The original project budget was set at $3.5 million but since reviewing the project scope and releasing the renewal works as a design and construct tender, the offers received were within budget and subsequently accepted at $2.8 million.
Council to Spend $50,000 on Waikerie Pool Covers
The Loxton Waikerie Council has reached a compromise to make the Waikerie pool warmer, following lobbying from community members to install heaters.
Council CEO David Beaton has told the ABC this week that his council will spend more than $50,000 on several covers to better insulate the pool instead.
"The community has been trying to get a heated swimming pool but the finances of that don't really stack up so what we're trying to do is probably the next best thing," Mr Beaton said.
It is hoped the swimming season can also be extended as a result of having a warmer pool.
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