Sale indoor pool reopens after asbestos removed

The indoor 25 metre pool at Aqua Energy, Sale, has reopened, after being closed since Decemeber following the discovery of asbestos under the floor of the centres older section.
The indoor 25 metre pool at Aqua Energy, Sale, has reopened, after being closed since Decemeber following the discovery of asbestos under the floor of the centres older section.

THE indoor 25 metre pool at Aqua Energy, Sale, reopened on Monday following the removal of asbestos.

The pool was closed since the discovery of asbestos under the floor of the old section during routine maintenance in December.

The asbestos has been removed and a clearance certificate issued on January 17, allowing the upper pool deck to reopen three days later.

With the 25m pool drained and needing maintenance, repair works as well as capital works scheduled for the year were brought forward, where possible, to minimise the need for further disruptions later in the year.

Wellington Shire councillor Garry Stephens said the works would extend the life of the indoor pool.

"It was unfortunate we had to close it, but that's just the way it was," he said.

"We've used the opportunity to do significant maintenance."

Entry to the outdoor pool has reverted to being through the main Aqua Energy building.

Meanwhile, the resealing of the stadium floor at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Sale, has been postponed because of the centre's use as a bushfire emergency evacuation centre.

While some floor remarking and repairs were completed, resealing has been rescheduled to the April school holidays.

Structures for new courts, changerooms and new storerooms at the Cameron Sporting Complex in Maffra are largely complete.

The showcourt seating bank has been shifted and refurbished. Lighting has been upgraded on the showcourt and existing court two.

Almost half of stage one of the stadium redevelopment is complete, with the second stage, the expansion of the gymnastics area, scheduled to begin in June.

Works are continuing on upgrading tennis facilities in Sale and Stratford, with court resurfacing at the Pine Lodge Recreation Reserve to be completed by April.

At the Sale Memorial Hall, the refurbishment of stage side bathrooms, painting of the main hall and foyer, changeroom refurbishment and acoustic installation has been completed.

To the end of January, 47 projects on Wellington Shire Council's capital works program have been completed, with 39 underway and 19 having had contracts awarded but not yet begun.

Twenty-nine projects are in pre-planning, such as Sale Oval changeroom redevelopment design, Seaspray pedestrian safety improvements and Sale Historical Society Museum re-roofing.

This financial year up to January 31, council recorded a surplus of $29.16 million surplus, compared to the $31.5 million forecast in the budget.

Council has adjusted its end of financial surplus forecast down from $9.45 million to $8.68 million.

Council has allocated the $3.31 million received from the state government's drought support package to reduce the amount farmers pay in rates this year.

"Not only have we got the farm rate of 80 per cent of the general rate, we've given other support to our farmers," Cr Stephens said.

Council is waiting for the go-ahead from the government to direct an additional $500,000 to rate relief for famers.

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