COROWA swimming pool could receive an unexpected quick fix after an impassioned plea for council assistance from recently appointed aquatic centre manger Deb North yesterday.
The pool operation has been sub-contracted to Ms North by the Ball Park caravan park operators, Andrew and Sonia Palmer, who addressed the Corowa Council on plans for the summer season.
The council has been unable to find a solution to long-standing issues including a crack and concerns around the old concrete structure.
Funding for an upgrade had been contingent on the council selling its former offices and library to recoup cash borrowed from the pool rebuilding fund.
But Ms North presented options to revitalise the pool.
They included an estimated $10,000 repair job to fix the crack and the $21,000 purchase of inflatable toys to bring patrons back to the pool.
“My goal is to make the pool accessible and viable to every tourist and member of the community,” she said.
“How do you do that?
“You make it enjoyable and fun.”
Ms North has identified a Lavington-based company, Integral Coatings and Systems, which has floated two repair options which can be completed by the end of September.
The council later debated the merit of her plans and agreed unanimously to a two-step approach.
It will investigate the option of repairing the leak in time for the start of this season and further refurbishments of the pool.
Also, the council will open discussions with Mr and Mrs Palmer about supporting the purchase of inflatable aquatic equipment.
Cr Gail Law said it was an important step forward.
“If we can find a way of keeping the kids out of the river until they are at least 16 it would be good,” Mrs Law said.
“This sounds like a viable way of doing it.”
Cr Franceco Bruinsma said the council should act with urgency and not wait for another season.
Cr Paul Miegel said the council should be cautious about bankrolling the purchase of equipment that would be a revenue raiser for Ms North.
The proposed crack repair job has a life span of at least five years.