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Monday, July 15, 2024

Lagoon to close for maintenance

THE Cairns Esplanade Lagoon will be closed from Monday 8 July to Monday 5 August to undergo its biennial maintenance program.

The maintenance is required so the city’s most iconic feature remains in top condition and will include servicing and repairs to the pool’s surface, lighting, pump systems and amenities.

“The pool and its surrounds need major maintenance every two years to keep it looking and operating at its best,” Mayor Amy Eden said.

“We know that there is no good time to close the lagoon – it is used by locals more than any other public asset in city, and it is also a huge drawcard for visitors.

“However, based on patronage numbers, winter is the best time of the year for the shutdown, with the least amount of impact on the city.” 

The lagoon will need to be drained to allow some of the maintenance to be completed, therefore a full closure is required.

The lagoon will start to be drained from Monday 8 July. 

The maintenance program includes:

  • Detailed survey of render faults and required rectification 
  • Repairs to subsidence-related concrete damage 
  • Sand replenishment
  • Amenities building re-paint
  • Pipe work/pump repairs and valve overhauls
  • Clean out of balance and backwash tanks
  • Cleaning and polishing of fish structures
  • General signage renewal around lagoon 
  • Lagoon timber deck repairs and treating
  • Scheduled repairs to change rooms

The amenities building will also be closed for the same period as the lagoon. Alternative public toilets are in Fogarty Park.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Annee’s opens third Cairns store and First Nations art exhibition at The Cairns Institute, JCU.

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