Pool block open again
GRAFTON Pool's amenities block opened for business this week, a lot less dramatically than when it closed more than two years ago.
The work to replace the block, destroyed in a midnight blaze in December 2008, has faced its share of problems including a wrangle with insurers, planning issues and construction delays.
On Monday the doors were quietly opened and patrons began to use the change rooms, showers and toilets.
However, there will not be any official opening until next swimming season, said Clarence Valley Council assets manager George Kriflik.
“The managers (Alan and Elourah Patterson) said they don't want to inhabit the offices for the last two weeks of the season,” he said.
“The call for tenders to manage the council's pools is still out and I don't know what the managers' intentions are.”
Mr Kriflik said only the amenities block had been opened and entry to the pool and the office would remain in the demountable building until the end of the swimming season.
“There is still some work to do outfitting the buildings,” Mr Kriflik said.
“For example the hooks to hang clothes in the change room will have to be put in and there is still a lot of painting to be done.
“We thought it would be better to do the painting once the pool has closed.”
Mr Kriflik said the tender process for the management of the council's pools was continuing.
“I'm not sure where we're up to at this stage. We don't look at the tenders until the closing date, so we can look at them all at once,” he said.