Contractors set to complete the long-awaited works on the eastern end of the Austinmer ocean pool have once again been thwarted by less-than-ideal conditions.
Excavators this week moved the huge, seven tonne,concrete ‘capping’ into place, in readiness to be placed over the existing pool wall- however, the swell came up so everything has been returned to the safety of the compound at the northern end of the car park.
A spokesperson for Wollongong Council says the tide, sea and swell have meant limited opportunity for the contractor to carry out the work to the eastern end of the southern pool.
“Along the rear wall, approximately 50 reo bars have been installed. However, the seas and swells yesterday proved too strong for the contractor to safely crane the seven-tonne concrete wall cappings into place,” she says. “If the forecast low tides for around April 16 are joined by low seas and swell the wall capping will be lowered down over the bars and secured into place.
“In the meantime, the reo bars at the back wall of the pool have been made safe until the contractor returns to site next month.
“We thank the community for their ongoing patience with this project.”