Margaret River Recreation centre pool will close for two weeks to repair storm damage

Charlotte EltonThe West Australian

The Margaret River Recreation centre pool has been closed after being “drained” by severe storm damage.

The storm — which smashed the South West with 115 km/h winds on Sunday night — badly damaged essential pipework.

“Staff attended the centre [Monday] morning to discover the pool had almost entirely drained of water,” an Augusta-Margaret River Shire statement confirmed.

“External pipes [were] damaged by a section of wall dislodged by the wind and damaged valves unable to be closed off.”

The first day of the school holidays is usually a busy day for the centre — but images taken yesterday show the pool eerily empty.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Recreation Centre Manager Dylan Brown warned that the repairs could take some time.

“We suspect we will be needing parts from Perth, then we need to complete the repairs, refill and reheat the pool, and treat the water and test it to health standards,” he said.

“It’s going to take at least two weeks, but we are already going as fast as we can to get the problems resolved.”

Mr Brown apologised to patrons who were planning a trip to the pool over the next two weeks.

“It’s never good timing for a matter like this, but we’re a bit unlucky that it’s happened the first day of school holidays,” he said.

“Please bear with us while we do our best to expedite repairs and the get facility back up and running.”

Kids Club Vacation Care will continue at the centre as per usual with swimming activities replaced with other dry land activities.

Memberships that include pool access will automatically be extended by two weeks.

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