Mildura Rural City Council is about to begin urgent repairs and upgrades to the 82-year-old Red Cliffs Swimming Pool addressing major structural issues that could threaten the pool’s operation.

Inspection of the Red Cliffs facility, the oldest of Council’s eight swimming pools and in need of most attention, revealed the pool shell was in poor condition and at the end of its life, leading to excess water usage and structural problems.

The following works will take place from next month to rectify these issues, ensuring the pool is ready in time for the start of the 2021/2022 swimming pool season:
• Renewal of all pool decks
• Renewal and upgrade of the hydraulic system for the main pool and toddlers pool
• Structural and access upgrades to the main pool and toddlers pool
• Reinstatement of both pool shells.

Once completed, the upgrades will reduce maintenance costs to the pool shell by 60 per cent, and water usage by 30 per cent.

They will also ensure the pool is able to service the community into the future.

Preparations for the works will start from early next month, meaning the pool will close one month earlier this season on Sunday.

Mildura Mayor Jason Modica said the project would preserve the historic pool while ensuring it continued to be a popular venue for Red Cliffs residents during summer.

“Living in such a hot climate residents rightly value our public swimming pools for the relief they provide and as popular venues for socialising and just spending time outdoors,” Cr Modica said.

“The Red Cliffs pool has a long history of providing this relief and enjoyment for local residents, but there eventually comes a point with a facility of this age, where a major suite of works are needed to ensure it can continue operating for decades to come with minimal disruption for maintenance.”