Sale outdoor pool opening delayed

David Braithwaite

THE Aqua Energy outdoor pool in Sale won’t open on Friday as planned because of a delay in upgrading the facility.

The toddler pool will be available from next Friday, November 27, and the 50 metre pool from Friday, December 4, when there will be a free swim day.

‘Free Swim Friday’ will still take place today at Maffra, Stratford, Rosedale, Heyfield and Yarram pools from noon to 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, Haskell Architects is finalising schematic plans for the Aqua Energy pool replacement and redevelopment project in preparation for state government funding application.

Council has submitted an additional substantial government funding request and identified a suitable source of borrowings for the project.

Concept plans are this month being shown to user groups.

It comes as council-managed facilities such as the Aqua Energy gymnasium, The Wedge, Gippsland Art Gallery, and libraries are reopening to the public following the easing of COVID restrictions.

In talking to an update of council operations on Tuesday night, councillor Carolyn Crossley said the work of library staff was a good example of adjustments made to reopen safely.

“The community has responded and transferred from the ‘click and deliver’ to be actually able to collect from the spaces itself,” she said.

“It’s a little bit challenging under the COVIDsafe rules, but the staff have instigated various systems to assist the 40 per cent increase of patronage to the library.”

Council staff have helped the committees of local recreation reserves get their venues ready for the summer sports season.

“The community committees have made sure that those facilities are ready, and certainly the council staff have made sure that they’ve got all the information so they can comply with the COVID-safe rules,” she said.

The extension of the Heyfield skate park and landscape works have been completed and are open for use.

Tenders have closed for upgrades to the Sale Oval and Stratford Hub.