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Yamba’s ocean rock pool is back open for business

Image Caption: Ocean swimmers make good use of the re-opened Yamba ocean rock pool. Image: Contributed
The pool, at the town’s Main Beach, opened again last Thursday after being closed since early August when water levels dropped to unsafe levels because of cracks in the structure. During the closure and while the pool was empty, the Clarence Valley Council had marine engineering specialists inspect it. They identified a short-term solution in consultation with council staff and will provide information about options for medium and longer-term solutions in about a month. The shorter-term solutions involved identifying and injecting known cracks and leak points with a filler/sealer and capping those with a harder rapid-set compound so it wouldn’t be disturbed by machinery pool during pool cleaning. Council’s open spaces and facilities manager, Peter Birch, said most of the known leaks had been treated and the pool was now holding sufficient water levels for it to be re-opened to the public “Each time we clean the pool now we will assess and apply more filler to leak points if needed,” he said. “We’re not sure how well this will work in the longer term given the amount of repair work that was needed but we will be keeping a very close eye on it.”