M'boro pool closed indefinitely to allow flood repairs
THE $6.5 million Maryborough Aquatic Centre will be closed indefinitely, only two months after opening.
The council's multi-million dollar investment for Maryborough was opened to great fanfare on December 8, but after being inundated with more than a metre of floodwater last week, the council has advised it does not know how long it will now have to be closed for.
"It was a huge blow to the city," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.
"While we have started the clean-up, there is only so much we can do at this stage until the insurance claim is assessed.
"So far the architects, structural engineers, filtration contractors, electricians and builders have inspected the facility and made their reports which will be passed on to the insurance company.
"There is a process we have to follow to get approvals and on how to carry out the work.
The new aquatic centre had proved a real asset for the city, with more than 10,300 people passing through the gates by mid-January.
At the time, Cr O'Connell said the visitor numbers had exceeded everyone's expectations.
Now, however, the only thing to do was begin the slow process of cleaning it up.
"The pools will have to be emptied and cleaned. The filtration system, heating system and electrical systems need to be repaired," he said.
"In some instances the specialist equipment will have to be specially ordered and could take up to eight weeks to be delivered."
At present, staff are continuing the clean-up and some sheeting has been removed from internal walls to allow the frames to dry out.
"We aim to have the facility back as quickly as possible. We just don't know at this stage how long it will take."