The region’s oldest public swimming pool is set for a giant transformation as part of an extensive upgrade proposed by Wingecarribee Shire Council.
Under the proposal, Mittagong Swimming Pool will receive its biggest overhaul in decades as Council finalises details prior to construction.
Under the current proposal, a new play pool with water toys and shade sail will be constructed, as will an accessible ramp from the kiosk entry level to the pool deck. Tuition seating for the Learn to Swim pool will also be constructed, a new liner will be installed and the depth of both existing pools will be increased by 15 centimetres. A new filtration system, a refurbishment of the existing filtration system and upgraded water heating system is also planned as part of the upgrade.
Plans to rejuvenate the existing Kiosk and amenities block will also be included in the makeover.
“Last week’s failure of the old water heating boiler has only highlighted the need to upgrade the pool’s existing plant and infrastructure,” said Council’s Manager of Projects and Contracts, Bob Lewis.
Records indicate that the current site of Mittagong Pool was used for recreational swimming as early as the mid-1870’s before being officially opened in 1931. In 1959 the baths were converted to an Olympic-size pool.
“The pool contains a wealth of history and natural beauty and we thought it only fitting that any upgrades complemented and conserved these attributes,” Mr Lewis added.
“To this end we’ve ensured the design preserves and enhances the natural rock face and bush setting.”
The ten month overhaul is expected to begin in the off-season and will most likely affect next year’s swim season.
“Council has begun liaising with regular user groups of the pool and we will try to minimise disruption to the best of our ability and accommodate all of our swimmers,” Mr Lewis said. “Regular user groups concerned should contact Council about making arrangements to use alternative venues next summer”.
“In the interim, draft plans are now complete and we encourage the community to take a look at the design and learn more about the proposal.”
Details including a newsletter about the improvements, photos and plans can be viewed online at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au. This website will also be updated throughout the construction period.
Comments can be made in writing to Wingecarribee Shire Council.
“Ultimately, these upgrades are intended to beautify, modernise and extend the life of this wonderful community asset and to encourage the community to pursue a healthy outdoor lifestyle.”