Swim club cap in hand

Kwinana Recquatic was due to reopen in December.  Picture: Elle Borgward
Kwinana Recquatic was due to reopen in December. Picture: Elle Borgward

The club wanted a $3390 donation to cover the cost difference to use Rockingham Outdoor, where its squad members now train.

Kwinana councillors approved the donation on Wednesday night.

Club president Ryan Whiddett said the club had been at Rockingham since February but the outdoor pool would close in May for winter so he hoped Kwinana Recquatic would reopen soon after.

He said club memberships were annual, so numbers had not changed during this period but other disruptions in the past at the pool culminated to make it difficult for the club to grow its membership.

‘We sort of just plateaued, running operations as we can,’ Mr Whiddett said.

He was grateful for the support offered to the club by Rockingham and Kwinana councils and their recreation facilities.

The $6.455 million Kwinana Recquatic renovation project is ‘tracking healthily on budget’, according to Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, but was originally due to re-open in December.

A problem with the adhesion of tiles on the pool’s floor prompted the City to deal with the issue in full.

Kwinana Recquatic began operations in 2003.

Cr Adams said the main pool was due to re-open mid-year.

‘The hydrotherapy pool however is on track for reopening in the coming weeks and will cater for swimming lessons from infants up to school aged level 5/6,’ Cr Adams said.

Enrolment for Term 2 swimming lessons open on Monday, March 23.

‘We are very conscious of the inconvenience this delay would cause but there was no alternative for the City; the tiling in the existing pool had to be removed and replaced,’ she said.