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White Cliffs pool arrives in time for summer

By Eugene Boisvert, Tuesday November 20, 2012 - 08:56 EDT

White Cliffs residents may be able to have their first swim in the town's new pool before the end of the year.

The new fibreglass structure arrived there last week after the old pool was damaged during flooding at the start of this year.

Central Darling Shire will be updated on the pool's progress at its meeting in White Cliffs today.

Mayor Ray Longfellow says it's come just in time.

"The pool is now on site for installation and hopefully that will be ready for use hopefully early December or mid December," he said.

"It's coming to a very hot time for people up at White Cliffs. It's very appropriate timing."

Central Darling Shire has saved $90,000 by its insurance company waiving the excess on the new pool.

The council was prepared to pay up to $100,000 in excess so the pool could be completed in time for the peak of summer.

But its insurance company, Statewide Mutual, will only make the shire pay a $10,000 excess.

Cr Longfellow says it is a generous offer.

"Very fortunately with the insurance company they've agreed to pay the excess and that's a very good outcome for council as a whole," he said.

The shire's other pools in Wilcannia, Menindee and Ivanhoe opened for summer yesterday.


- ABC

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