A BIG leak requires a big repair bill.
The $6 million redevelopment plan for the Emerald Aquatic Centre and Rundle Park facilities is one step closer to renewal, after it was revealed the 50m pool located on Opal St, was leaking 100,000 litres of water a week.
Demolition work on existing structures at the aquatic centre has started this week, with new features to include a swim club building and playscape water park as part of stage two of the makeover.
The existing 50m pool will be moved to accommodate the water park and upgraded to facilitate both long and short course swim meets.
Emerald Seals Swim Club spokeswoman Sue Sands said the benefits of such a project would stretch far and wide.
"It will not only be great for the town but the community as a whole," Sue said.
With the ground beneath the pool destabilised from the water leak, the pool has remained empty to allow for the drying out and settling of the soil.
The Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said no one was more impressed with the new plans than the local swim club.
"I know the swimming club is also very excited that they will be able to conduct meets that will attract national and state swimmers," Cr Maguire said.
It is expected to stage two of the Emerald Aquatic Centre redevelopment will take 18 months to complete.
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