Dumbleyung’s swimming pool will remain closed next summer, with the pool now considered “unserviceable” and in need of replacement. The Shire of Dumbleyung made the announcement in a Facebook post last week, six days after a meeting of the council’s swimming pool project working group. The Shire commissioned a further geotechnical investigation of the site earlier this year, with the results confirming the presence of reactive clay materials and significant water logging within the Bennett Street site. “The investigations also reveal there is significant deterioration in the pool structure that make retention or reuse unviable,” the statement said. “Together with the poor state and condition of the pool filtration system and plant room, the entire pool infrastructure is now considered unserviceable.” The Shire has confirmed that the pool will not reopen in time for the 2022-23 swimming season. Shire president Julie Ramm said the council’s hope of continuing to use the pool shell in the short-term was no longer possible. “Now where we are at is trying to find a plan that can work, and is cost-efficient without losing sight of the bigger picture,” she said. Architects are drawing up options for a new six-lane, 25m long pool located slightly north of the existing pool. A pump shed and filtration system would be located at the northern end of the site, with $794,000 in existing Federal Government funding to be allocated towards its construction. New changerooms, a kiosk and a bigger toddler’s pool are under consideration. Concept planning will also be undertaken for a business centre, gym room and hydrotherapy, but those potential facilities have not been costed. Ms Ramm said plans for the pool precinct were still “very fluid”, with the decision-making process still in its early stages. She said there had been feedback about moving the pool to Stubbs Park or another location within the townsite. “Other sites have been considered,” Ms Ramm said. “However, the groundwater table is quite high throughout most of the area, so at this stage the current site is still the most preferred.” The next Dumbleyung swimming pool project working group meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday.