Heating systems force pool closure in Blayney and repair job in Orange

OUT OF ACTION: Some mornings Paul Masters can barely see the back of Blayney's CentrePoint Sports and Leisure Centre's pool because of fog. Photo: MARK LOGAN
OUT OF ACTION: Some mornings Paul Masters can barely see the back of Blayney's CentrePoint Sports and Leisure Centre's pool because of fog. Photo: MARK LOGAN

Blayney Shire Council have confirmed the swimming pool within the CentrePoint Sports and Leisure Centre will be closed from Monday for about two months.

Centre manager Paul Masters said that work had already begun on the renewal of the air-heating system, with the facility slated to be closed until Monday, September 10.

“The old heater has already been removed and next week they’ll begin work on removing the old blue monster that is the current ducting,” he said.

The new system will incorporate a flexible ducting system similar to the material used in inflatable castles, and it has one distinct advantage over the solid ducting system.

“The canvas style of ducting is a lot quieter than the solid ones, so that will make it better during swimming lessons and swim club,” he said.

The new ducting will effectively run above the edge of the pool, keeping visitors toasty.

“The pool will be heated to 28 degrees and the air will be at 30 degrees,” Mr Masters said.

Meanwhile, Orange Aquatic Centre is having issues with its heating system for the toddlers’ pool.

The pool will be open while the problems with the boilers used to heat the water are resolved, with the water temperature sitting above 27 degrees in the meantime.

”We're doing our best to get this sorted … but it's looking like it'll take at least a week,” management posted to the aquatic centre’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

“The water is still warm and our regular toddler swimmers are having a great time but it might be a little cool for babies,” the post advised.

The Orange centre also announced a change of opening hours for the winter months.

It will now close at 6pm on weekends, and open at 5.30am on Saturdays and 8am on Sundays.

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