Tenterfield swimming pool opening delayed until late October

Tenterfield pool will not open until later this month, due to concerns with water quality after a compressor broke down.

The facility had been due to open its gates this weekend, but Tenterfield Shire Council announced on Friday that the opening had been delayed now until October 26.

There had been doubts about weather the pool would open at all this summer, with the district facing water shortages, but the Tenterfield Star reported last week that a generous benefactor from Queensland was donating water to offset what was consumed by the pool.

Council chief executive Terry Dodds last week said that not opening the pool this summer had been discussed but there were concerns about the impact on youngsters learning to swim.

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As a popular summer activity the pool centre is also seen as an important contributor to the community's mental, social and physical wellbeing.

In a statement released on Friday, Tenterfield Shire Council said preparations had been going full steam ahead for an opening on Saturday following the extremely kind donation.

The council statement said it had been a challenging exercise given that the pool laid dormant over winter and the remaining existing water was being reused to reduce water consumption.

"Unfortunately, during groundworks, the vintage air compressor required for pool filtration and backwash processes blew a vein and seized, halting the preparations and sending the quality of the pool water backwards," the statement said.

Council staff and the pool contractors now have the filtration system up and running again with a new compressor and are working to get the pool water to a crystal clear quality, suitable for the health and wellbeing of the community to enjoy.

"Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause but regrettably the water quality will not be suitable for opening the pool this long weekend", Mayor Petty said.

It is now anticipated that the Tenterfield Pool will now have its grand opening day for summer season on Saturday, October 26.

That day is planned to run from 10am to 2pm, with a free fun day and swimming clinic. There will also be activities for the whole family and the swim club will be cooking a sausage sizzle.

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