ALAC hoist abilities upgraded

Published on Wednesday, 8 July 2020 at 12:14:42 PM

Eight new starting platforms and a contemporary pool hoist will be installed at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre that will increase user accessibility and bring the lap pool up to competition standard.

City of Albany have successfully received a grant from Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to enable this upgrade to the only indoor swimming centre in the Great Southern.

The City, Albany Swim Club and Albany Rotary Club have also contributed funding towards the project.

The current starting platforms are 34 years old and will be replaced with ones that feature adjustable footrests, anti-slip surfaces and extended platforms to improve safety and adhere to new swimming starting styles.

A pool hoist within the lap pool will assist users with a disability or injury to access the pool independently and feature a stainless steel design, operated by a hydraulic water lift for easy access.

City of Albany Manager Recreation Services Samantha Stevens said the upgrades will benefit the community with increased swimming opportunities for all users.

“The pool experiences a high amount of foot traffic from school carnivals, Austswim, Royal Life Saving, Albany Swim School and Albany Swim Club so keeping the infrastructure up to a competition and accessibility standard ensures the facility caters for our entire swimming community,” she said.

“We know there is a direct relationship between all levels of exercise and positive physical and mental health so we want to break down the barriers to pool accessibility and offer our local community state-of-the-art pool infrastructure to help them succeed.”

Works to install the new starting platforms and pool hoist will begin in the second half of 2020 with the aim for the project to be completed by summer.

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