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Geotechnical investigation ordered into stability of land around Dumbleyung Swimming Pool

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Sean Van Der WielenGreat Southern Herald
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Efforts to reopen Dumbleyung Swimming Pool have taken a hit after concerns were raised about the stability of nearby soils.

A report commissioned by the Shire of Dumbleyung sounded the alarm as it detailed potentially costly solutions to the problem.

The report found short-term repairs to the pool’s plant would cost ratepayers about $190,000, while a new water treatment system and plant room was likely to cost $450,000.

The costs could reach $2.5 million for a rebuild of the pool and plant room, while a new contemporary aquatic centre was estimated to cost up to $3.5m.

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The last two options would require the Shire to seek additional funding.

Shire president Julie Ramm said it was a disappointing situation, and the council would wait on the results of a geotechnical investigation before making a decision.

The Shire announced the closure of the pool in October after concerns were raised about the structural stability of the plant room, which had been in use for nearly 40 years.

It is unlikely that the pool will re-open over the summer.

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