Cash splash on temporary repairs at Bluewater Lagoon
Council is spending tens of thousands of dollars on a short-term solution to fix a leak at the Bluewater Lagoon.
The popular swimming spot closed to the public during winter when 75,000 litres of water began seeping into the ground from the bottom of the pool every day.
That equates to losing the same amount of water held in an Olympic-sized swimming pool each month.
Temporary repairs are being made - repatching the pool lining and improving circulation - while council looks for a long-term solution.
Mayor Greg Williamson says the temporary patch-up will cost $65,000 and will ensure the lagoon open by late November, just in time for the busy Christmas-holiday period.
"We can't pull the whole lining off and repatch it in time, that will take many months," Mr Williamson says.
"Safety wasn't the real concern - it was the amount of water we were losing. [The water] could be creating sinkholes, which will deliver us a much bigger problem in the future if we let it go."
The pool is expected to close again next winter for full repairs. This will include significant work to the pipe system.
However, exactly what is needed for a full fix and the cost involved is still being investigated.
"The pool is over 10 years old, so you've got to expect some replacement," he explains.
"We have maintenance funds within our budget every year so this will give us a chance now - next year of course - to allocate the appropriate funding to get this done."
Locals wanting a dip are being reminded they have free entry to the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex while the Bluewater Lagoon is closed.