While the Northern Territory Government explored the feasibility of upgrading the Nguiu Swimming Pool on Bathurst Island (north of Darwin), State Wide Pools was commissioned to prepare a Pool Assessment Report.
While the existing pool was only a few years old, certain deficiencies rendered those facilities unsuitable for most of that time.
State Wide Pool Services report consisted of:
a. An overview of systems
b. Analysis of systems and problems including:
plant and equipment
necessary repairs and safety concerns
Upon completion of this report, we were contracted to renovate the existing 25-metre pool and toddlers' pool. These renovations included a complete upgrade of the hydraulics and plant. For five months TILG provided accommodation for our team in this remote location. All tools, plant and equipment were trucked to Darwin then ferried across to Bathurst Island.
The entire project cost $160,000 and as you can see by the photos, the real value lies in what this facility means to the health and enjoyment of the individuals and wider community that use it.
Much like the Mimili Pool Project, what's most interesting about the Amata Community Pool is not how it was built, but the reasons for building it. Public pools play a vital role in the community and there's no clearer demonstration of this than in the remote South Australian town of Amata. To start with, the pool was built only when a Community Responsibility Agreement had been reached between the Government and the Community. This agreement included the formation of a Pool Management Committee and the introduction of health workers to ensure appropriate standards would be met.
Now the Amata Pool plays host to community organised swimming carnivals, the 'no school / no pool' policy provides incentive for local children to attend school more frequently, and regular health checks on children can be easily managed while they attend the pool. The pool also creates employment opportunities for locals with life-guards, pool management and pool maintenance staff recruited from within the community.
State Wide Pool Services are proud to have been involved in the design and construction of the Amata Community Pool and we celebrate the positive social outcomes resulting from the pool's construction.