Two swimming pools at M'boro Aquatic Centre clean again
TWO pools at the flood-damaged Maryborough Aquatic Centre are once again full of clean water and the centre itself is expected to reopen on May 11.
Repairs estimated to cost about $950,000 are almost complete after the entire centre was inundated by about 1.2m of water in the January floods.
The 25m and 50m pools had to be drained of mud, debris and even fish before repairs could be completed.
Crews began slowly refilling both pools in a process that took several days.
It is now expected to take another eight to 10 days for the filtration system to be tested and the water to be flushed and be suitable for swimming.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said if everything went to plan, the two pools would then be reopened to the public.
He said heaters for the 25m pool were not damaged, so a winter swim would still be possible.
Cr O'Connell said repairs to the children's play area and the hydrotherapy pool were more complicated and were expected to be completed in June.
The aquatic centre's administration area also had to have new paint, new carpets and new cabinets after the floodwaters rushed through the building.