Official opening for Mortlake Pool upgrade

Published on 18 January 2018

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A $633,200 upgrade of the Mortlake Swimming Pool will be officially unveiled on Tuesday 23 January.

While the pool has been open to the public since the start of December, Tuesday’s event will be the first chance for the community to come together and celebrate the redevelopment of the historic facility.

The event celebrates the extensive works that have been done on the pool, which included putting in a new wet deck and liner to stop leaks, the replacement of the gutters and pool edging, and the installation of a new cantilevered shade.

The improvements were funded by Moyne Shire ($433,200) and the state government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund ($200,000).

The day will also feature the unveiling of a new lap clock to replace the memorial time piece installed in 1967 in recognition of the late Roy Giles’ outstanding work establishing the current pool, which is an extension of the original baths that opened in 1926.

The old commemorative clock was irreparable, so a similar one has been secured.

Mr Giles’ grandchildren John Coverdale and Elizabeth Blain (nee Coverdale) were present when the original clock was unveiled in 1967, and they will be on hand to do the honours again more than 40 years later.

Moyne Shire mayor Mick Wolfe will officially open the works as part of a short ceremony that begins at 2pm.

“This upgrade was much needed and will not only make the pool more user-friendly but it will also cut down running costs,” Cr Wolfe said.

“This is a fantastic facility for the community of Mortlake and Tuesday’s event will be great opportunity for everyone to come down and check it out.

“Along with the streetscape redevelopment, the upcoming library upgrade, and the arrival of the new saleyards, this is just one more thing that shows Mortlake is heading in the right direction.”

The YMCA, which has been managing the Mortlake pool for the past 10 years, is very happy with the revamp of the facility, YMCA Ballarat area manager Craig Mathieson said.

“The YMCA is delighted to be managing the new-look Mortlake Outdoor Pool on behalf of the Moyne Shire,” Mr Mathieson said.

“The investment to the pool has delivered outstanding results in providing the community of Mortlake with a fantastic facility to enjoy.

“We look forward to expanding the programs and events on offer and encourage all ages and abilities to come and visit the pool.”