Gingin pool gets solar heating

Gingin Aquatic Centre now has a re-tiled swimming pool with solar heating.

THE Gingin Aquatic Centre is open for the 2016-17 summer season with not just Gingin residents but also Bullsbrook, Bindoon and Moora again set to benefit.

The aquatic centre officially reopened on Saturday, October 15 to celebrate the completion of the pool’s re-tiling and solar heating project.

Shire of Gingin President David Roe said this would be the 13th year the aquatic centre had provide water-based activities such as VacSwim, in-term swimming lessons, swimming carnivals, aqua aerobics, and the Virtual Rottnest Swim.

The aquatic centre is also home of the Gingin Triathlon, now in its fourth year.

Cr Roe said the tiling works carried out had given the pool a fresh new look making it an even better place for the community to cool off and socialise during the hot summer months.

He said more than 185,000 patrons had passed through the gate since 2004.

The Gingin Aquatic Centre is a Waterwise facility.

The Department of Sport and Recreation, which originally contributed to the construction of the pool back in 2004, provided funding for tiling of the pool bowl, which was needed due to failure of its painted vinyl lining.

Cr Roe said the shire had considered many resurfacing options but it was decided the tiling method would provide the most cost effective, long term solution (about 25 years).

The cost to tile the pool was $470,000 to which the Department of Sport and Recreation contributed $156,000.

The solar heating had been installed at a cost of $50,000 with contributions from the Federal Government’s stronger communities program ($20,000) and the Gingin Aquatic Club ($14,000).

The solar heating will keep the pool heated to a comfortable ambient outside temperature.

The official opening was attended by Pearce MHR Christian Porter,  Agricultural MLC Martin Aldridge and Empire Oil and Gas operations and engineering manager John Mastrocinque.