Wellington Shire Council has decided to close the diving pool at the Lex Glover Outdoor Swimming complex in Sale as part of major upgrades to the water treatment plant that currently services all the outdoor pools at the site.
Closure of the diving pool will take place with immediate effect and it will be repurposed to become the holding tank to achieve the most effective filtration and water treatment plant replacement system for the outdoor pool complex.
The $500k upgrade is part of Council’s 2015 Aquatic Strategy and the works will be completed over the next two years.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said: “This upgrade is vital to ensure that we continue to deliver first class outdoor swimming facilities at the Lex Glover swimming complex.
“We have seen both the Victorian Country Swimming Championships and the Gippsland Regional Swimming Championships held at the venue this year and we want to continue attracting these prestigious events to the Shire.”
Detailed analysis of the use of this area of the facility, awareness of imminent potential failures of the ageing infrastructure and notable benefits to be gained from reusing the pool tank to enhance the new treatment system, were all factors considered in deciding to take this course of action.
The diving pool was often used as a warm up and cool down pool for competitors at major swim events. Aqua Energy staff will work closely with event organisers to ensure that Council continues to host and deliver great events at this iconic facility.
Tenders for the works will be commencing shortly with works expected to commence later in the year.
The remaining outdoor pools will continue to operate as normal with the next outdoor pool season recommencing in November 2017.