WORKS to complete raising and replacing the roof at Kilmore Leisure Centre are continuing this month in the hope swimmers and community groups throughout the municipality will be able to dive back into the centre sometime during the first swim term in 2019.

Initial works to remove the roof began on December 21 as contractors worked through the festive period to make sure the facilities are safer for patrons and staff.

An inspection of the building last week showed freshly painted beams ready for the new roof to be raised.

To finalise the removal of the second half of the roof and to secure the new roof on the area closest to the main entrance, a large crane was moved in to complete the works.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said the project will be worth the wait.

“At the Mitchell Shire we are very excited to see the works on the Kilmore Leisure Centre progressing to the next stage and I want to express my gratitude to everyone involved in the process,” he said.

“It has been great to see the number of people, and groups, who have taken up our offer of using the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, and the three outdoor pools while Kilmore Leisure Centre is undergoing this process.

“The closures have been inconvenient, but the safety of pool users and staff is of paramount importance to us. I would like to thank the community for their patience during this time.”

All the materials for the works are on site. The Kilmore Leisure Centre was closed from Thursday 10 January until Friday, January 11 and again on Monday January 14.

The VICSWIM learn to swim programmes are still available at Broadford Outdoor Pool, Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool and Tallarook Outdoor Pool.

The improvements include the removal of the central pool hall skylight, steel supports and the new roof.