Centre upgrade starts

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt lends a hand to the upgrade of facilities.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt lends a hand to the upgrade of facilities.

A new drill has been placed on Fremantle Park to begin the first stage of the Leisure Centre’s cogeneration heating upgrade.

With a three-month job ahead of it, the drill rig will create a 230m deep bore that will allow the Leederville Aquifer to be tapped into.

The work will allow for a water cycle, with heated water from the bore pumped through the leisure centre to warm the two larger pools, while the cool water is reinjected back into the aquifer.

City of Fremantle Technical Services director Peter Pikor said the equipment would be designed to work to the centre’s energy needs whilst being cost-effective and sustainable.

‘As a result of the water flow from the bore, electricity will be generated and used to power pumps and other ancillary devices,’ he said.

‘This will provide energy- efficient and environmentally-friendly pool heating by transferring the heat energy of the aquifer to the pool through a closed loop system.

‘A new boiler will also be installed to provide peak power during heavy demand periods in a more energy-efficient manner than the current system.’

The installation is part of a $5 million project to upgrade the centre, which will also include disability access ramps, pool re-tiling and a new concourse. Mayor Brad Pettitt said installation of the technology was a key part of the City’s Low Carbon City Plan.