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Coolgardie big winner in temporary pool closure

The Coolgardie Swimming Pool is set to open seven days a week and for longer hours in summer to compensate for the temporary closure of the Kambalda Swimming Pool.

The decision comes after a report released in August showed the Kambalda pool would need $1.3-$1.4 million spent on filtration systems, pumps, piping and its balance tank before it is reopened.

Shire of Coolgardie chief executive James Trail confirmed the Kambalda pool would be closed in summer and he said the upshot was that the Coolgardie pool would benefit in the interim.

“It gives us an opportunity to try something a bit different and see how it goes,” he said.

“We are opening it for longer hours and the lady who was running our pool here, Kathy Brooking, will be running the pool in Coolgardie, which is good.

“She will add a bit of experience and enthusiasm over in Coolgardie and we are looking at getting a new inflatable over there — so we are trying to lift the services at Coolgardie.”

Mr Trail said the council was exploring options to help the Kambalda community get through the summer.

A bus may be laid on to transport residents to Coolgardie.

Mr Trail said a funding package from the annual budget to help the Kambalda Amateur Swimming Club travel to Norseman and Kalgoorlie-Boulder for training and events was also being considered.

“The council is pretty adamant about making that happen, and helping the community too, so there will be more detail within the next couple of weeks, because I will be taking that to council this month with a report on what that package looks like,” he said.

“Whichever way we looked at it there was no way we would have got the pool open for this year.

“I don’t think it’s ideal for anybody but in the long run it will be a really positive outcome for the community because we will have an upgraded pool.”

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