Community back into the swim of things

BEECHWORTH pool is going just swimmingly this summer.

Little more than 12 months since investigations into a crack in the pool shell found contaminated soil and closed the pool for the summer it is again open.

Numbers during the peak Christmas and New Year break were higher than usual.

Leo Belci lives across the road from the pool and his children, 4 and 7, use the pool most days.

“We use the pool every day so last year was extremely sad for the kids,” he said.

“We knew, or at least hoped, it was short term but for them the whole summer without the pool was pretty traumatic.

“But with the money the council got to fix the pool it also fixed the solar heating so I don’t think we have missed a day since it reopened this summer.

“The water is somewhere between 21 and 24 degrees, just perfect.”

A plastic liner overcame the crack in the pool, while the polluted soil could be contained without excavation.

The pool was built on a former tip site that contained waste from the old Beechworth gasworks.

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