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Staff shortages see closure of Cowra Aquatic Centre
Cowra Aquatic Centre has been forced to close over the weekend due to staffing shortages.
Advising last Thursday that “due to significant resourcing challenges, the Cowra Aquatic Centre will be closed for the next three days” - Saturday 19th to Monday 21st December - the Council expressed its “regret” at the closure.
As reported by the Cowra Guardian, Belgravia Leisure has been engaged to assist in operating the facility for the remainder of this season commencing from to tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd December).
Cowra Council General Manager, Paul Devery told the Cowra Guardian “we have had a significant number of challenges in adequately staffing the aquatic centre this year and after looking at numerous options considered this the best course of action at this time.
"This is a short term measure for the current season only to ensure the facility remains open and available for the enjoyment of the community.”
The Council is currently undertaking a $4.5 million multi-year program of upgrades to the facility, looking to update the pool's filtration system, including a separate filtration system for the toddler pool and to install a new splash pad.
The Council has been working with a team of consultants over the past few years to assess the condition and functionality of the current infrastructure at the centre.
Assessment reports into various aspects of the integrity of both pools recommended that Council undertake a filtration plant upgrade and install the Myrtha RenovAction pool liner system to remedy the current functionality issues.
The toddler pool will remain, but with a separate filtration system to the main pool, and a new splash pad full of fun activities will be developed.
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