Swimming championships not at risk due to $2.8m pool upgrade, Murray Bridge council insists

Murray Bridge's ability to host major swimming championships is not under threat, despite the local club's concerns, the city's council says.

Murray Bridge Swimming Club president Rachel Neumann confronted councillors at their February meeting, saying a planned $2.8 million upgrade of the pool might actually prevent it from hosting major events in future.

Work on the upgrade is due to start in less than a fortnight.

Ms Neumann took issue with two aspects of the plan which she said contradicted Swimming SA regulations: a lowering of the pool's water level and a "wet deck", or drain, around each of its four sides.

If the pool did not meet regulations, Murray Bridge would miss out on events such as the recent country swimming championships which brought hundreds of people to the city, she said, and perhaps even the club's annual carnival.

The changes could also expose swimmers to a greater risk of hand or ankle injuries, she said.

Neither Swimming SA nor the swimming club had even seen the council's plans until January, immediately before the country championships, she said.

"While we're extremely appreciative that council is looking to redevelop and maintain the excellent facility we have here at Murray Bridge, we feel it's important our concerns are noted," she said.

Chief executive officer Michael Sedgman later told The Standard the council was listening.

"We're not going to put $2.8 million in and not meet the competition standards," he said.

"Our key driver ... is to retain the competition standards of the only 50-metre pool in the region."

He committed to keep liaising with the club and Swimming SA to ensure the upgrade would be up to scratch.

The pool would still close after Sunday, March 1 to allow the works to go ahead, he said.

However, at the time of writing, he said he had not yet heard back from the state body.

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