Phil Kent and fellow workers paving the remaining sections of the 50m pool at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.
Phil Kent and fellow workers paving the remaining sections of the 50m pool at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay pool should be ready for school holidays

THE newly restored Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre looks set to open next week.

A spokesman for the Fraser Coast Regional Council said work was on track for the $900,000 refurbishment of the centre to open in the first week of December.

Cr Darren Everard said the pool's completion depended on the weather but said if all went according to plan the pool should be open by the end of next week.

"Once the pebblecrete for the floor and walls has been trowelled into place we can start filling the pool and then balance the water.

"It will take at least two days to fill and then a couple of days for the water to balance and the filter systems to be tested," he said.

"It has been a huge project."

Cr Everard said the original plan was to replace the fibreglass lining.

"Unfortunately when we removed the fibreglass patches that had been applied over the years it was found that the lining could not be repaired.

"Instead a new 200mm thick concrete shell was poured on top of the existing concrete shell," he said.

"To do that, and ensure that the pool was still 50 metres long, the end wall at the deep end of the pool had to be removed and rebuilt."

The pool's front entry, kiosk and pool administration area was also refurbished.

The kiddies pool getting a makeover at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.
The kiddies pool getting a makeover at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. Alistair Brightman