Shellharbour Reserve is getting a make-over! This will include new spectator seating around the pool, a new sheltered picnic table and the replacement of three picnic tables.

Shellharbour City Council services team will install the new seating. Work is planned to commence mid-year 2018 and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete. Work will be carried out around the pool area with minimal disruption to pool users. Temporary fencing will be erected during the works period. The amenities will remain accessible during the construction. Some parts of the footpath and surrounding car spaces may be temporarily impacted during the construction period, however every effort will be made to ensure minimal disruption to the area.

Beverley Whitfield Pool will also be getting a new pump and pipeline.

The existing system requires major maintenance on the pump approximately every 6 months. The main cause of this is believed to be issues with the existing pipeline. The existing pipeline is unable to be repaired and requires replacement.

The current works (Stage 1) will include the replacement and upgrade of the seawater intake pipeline and pump. The new pipeline will extend approximately 30m beyond the existing pipeline to deeper waters. Future works that are proposed include the upgrade the pool delivery pipeline, an additional system to allow water to be pumped out of the pool, automation of the plant room and a filtration system.

The current works are estimated to take 4 months to complete subject to weather, tides and swell.

Dynamic Civil has been awarded the contract for the Stage 1. Dynamic Civil are a local reputable contractor with significant relevant experience. They will be supported by local commercial diving and pump system subcontractors.

Normal pool operation will be maintained for the majority of the works. Some of the grassed area and pool surrounds will be inaccessible during the works however every effort will be made to minimise disruption. There will be a period of time where the pool will need to be closed to connect and commission the new pump and pipeline. Council are looking to coordinate this with the normal annual major pool maintenance work that occurs in the swimming off-season.

The aim of the current works is to maintain the ongoing operation of the pool. The upgraded seawater intake pipeline and pump will have a larger capacity than the existing system and in combination with proposed upgrades will reduce the amount of pool ‘downtime’.