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Gratwick Aquatic Centre to stay closed for further works
Port Hedland's Gratwick Aquatic Centre will remain closed until 2019 for further maintenance works, following a critical failure in the pool’s filters.
The Town of Port Hedland has advised that during testing of the pools filtration system last week, the pressurised sand filter vessels failed. The facility cannot open to the public without this function, as it provides safe and clean water to patrons. In particular, contaminants are removed from the water which may pose harm to human health.
Mayor Camilo Blanco acknowledged the inconvenience of this development, vowed to work with facility manager the YMCA WA to prioritise resolving the issue.
Mayor Blanco advised “we acknowledge that it’s not the best timing with our weather heating up, however, the Council is committed to public health and safety, and for this reason we won’t be opening the Gratwick Aquatic Centre until 2019.
“South Hedland Aquatic Centre will remain open during the summer and winter months.
“We also anticipate the reopening of Marquee Park in the next month, so that will present another option for kids and families over summer.”
Ann Marie Kelly, YMCA WA General Manager - Pilbara, added “our dedicated team, who work across Wanangkura Stadium and South Hedland Aquatic Centre, are working hard to create alternative programs at the SHAC, as we recognise the impact the closure of Gratwick will have on the community and we’re doing all we can to minimise the inconvenience.”
19th April 2018 - High Hopes for Port Hedland in Western Australian park awards
29th November 2017 - South Hedland Aquatic Centre set for post upgrade opening on Australia Day 2018
17th September 2016 - South Hedland Aquatic Centre closes for filtration and other upgrades
22nd December 2015 - South Hedland Aquatic Centre affected by ongoing closures
20th November 2015 - South Hedland Aquatic Centre reopens after hygiene incident forces closure
30th July 2015 - Wanangkura Stadium secures Western Australian architecture award
1st May 2015 - Port Hedland’s Gratwick gym moves towards 24/7 operations
10th February 2014 - Port Hedland celebrates official opening of $11.3 million aquatic centre
4th April 2013 - Children can now splash and play at Port Hedland’s Marquee Park
1st March 2013 - Cyclone Rusty delays South Hedland Aquatic Centre reopening
15th February 2013 - Vandalism closes Port Hedland’s Wanangkura Stadium
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