THE Kiama Leisure Centre was a hive of activity when the Kiama Independent visited last week for the first time since the February tornadoes, ahead of a September re-opening.
It's taken longer than was hoped, but the centre will be open for business in mid-September, with a grand re-opening on September 28.
The centre's pool, gym and courts have been closed since the February 24 tornadoes tore holes in the roof and shattered windows.
The current work includes repairs to the roof, including asbestos removal, as well as refurbishment of the amenities and foyer.
A number of other, largely cosmetic, works have been carried out including new pool lighting - to a competition standard - new carpets, paintwork, floors, signage and retiling of the spa.
Work in the gym includes $90,000 of equipment and underfloor power.
Ventilation has also been improved and louvres have increased natural light in the court space.
While regulars may not notice a great difference, the council's human resources and commercial services manager Russell Park thought people would be happy.
Prior to the works starting, the council asked centre users for suggested improvements.
Mr Park said the suggestions had been evaluated on cost, given that the centre already runs at a loss.
"I think most people will be happy with what they see up there," he said.