Pool gets a facelift: $2m upgrade for shire leisure centre

In the swim: Sutherland Shire Leisure is getting a $2m upgrade this winter. Picture: Tanya Lake, Fairfax Archive image.
In the swim: Sutherland Shire Leisure is getting a $2m upgrade this winter. Picture: Tanya Lake, Fairfax Archive image.

Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre will have a $2 million upgrade this winter.

Its indoor pool and plant equipment would be upgraded and new disinfection and filtration systems installed to offer new health standards and better water quality, said Sutherland Shire mayor Kent Johns.

"The current Ozone disinfection system costs $123,000 a year to operate, where the new ultraviolet system will save the council $89,500 a year in operational costs," Cr Johns said.

The existing pool and spa filters will be replaced by a new, more efficient, ultra-fine filtration system.

The upgrade to the indoor pool and plant equipment will done during winter as it requires the indoor pool to be closed for up to four months.

The indoor pool hall will close mid-April and reopen in July or August 2015 — in time for the start of spring and warmer weather.

The gymnasium, weights room and outdoor pools may still be used during the upgrade.

 The upgrade to the indoor pool includes replacement water features and refurbishment of the mushroom water feature.

Damaged tiles will be replaced and the toddler pool refurbished. The interior of the pool hall will receive a facelift in the form of painting, new acoustic panels and rendering of internal brickwork. 

The council’s leisure centres now offer reciprocal usage for members and pass-holders. This means Sutherland users will be able to access Caringbah and Engadine leisure centres during the closure.

The council upgraded Sutherland and Engadine leisure centre change rooms last year at a cost of $650,000. The upgrades included new family rooms, outdoor change and shower areas and improved access. 

Renovation of the Sutherland spa and steam room included new seating and relining of the steam room, retiling of the spa and new shower. 

Caringbah Leisure Centre is due for a major upgrade. The council engaged an architectural consultant last year to review the centre and develop a master plan which is now finalised.

The master plan includes a number of options to be considered by the council.

Are you looking forward to the upgrade of the centre?