Rick Sampson does some work on the tile base of the Grafton Aquatic Centre main pool.
Rick Sampson does some work on the tile base of the Grafton Aquatic Centre main pool.

It's a dry argument for swimmers

GRAFTON Pool users are catching the flak from the delay in awarding contracts to run the council pools.

Clarence Valley Council assets manager George Kriflik said the pool opening had been delayed because cracked tiles posed a potential danger to swimmers.

Mr Kriflik said under its new contract with pool manager Alan Paterson, the council had taken over maintenance of the pools.

"We had a meeting with the Patersons (Alan and his sister Allura) a few weeks ago and they said they should be getting ready for the swimming season," Mr Kriflik said.

"He said there was the tiling and stuff to do.

"We didn't expect to find cracked tiles that needed replacing. So we got the tilers in straight away."

Mr Paterson said the pool should be ready by the weekend or Monday at the latest. The delayed opening - the pool normally opens on the October long weekend - has disrupted the Grafton Amateur Swimming Club.

New president David Moon said the club planned to have a sign-on at the pool on Wednes-day.

"I'm not sure what we'll do," he said.

"We were going to have a committee meeting this week to plan for the sign-on.

"We're going to have the meeting on Monday night.

"We might have to just go straight into competition. We'll just have to play it by ear from here."



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