The Kiama Leisure Centre has reopened to the public seven months after a series of tornadoes ripped through the southern Illawarra.
One of the tornadoes caused extensive internal and external damage to the leisure centre, forcing the centre's 900 members, and more than 1400 children enrolled in the centre's swimming classes to make alternative arrangements.
Since February, about $2 million worth of improvements have been made to the centre, some funded through insurance, while other improvements were part of planned upgrades funded by Kiama council.
Kiama Leisure Centre manager Jenene Gilbert said that when the centre reopened its doors on Monday, it was seven months to the day since the tornado struck.
Ms Gilbert said while the feedback from patrons had been positive, it had also been a happy homecoming for leisure centre staff, some of whom had been diverted to other roles within Kiama council during the centre's closure.
The first two days had been busy with school holiday traffic and ironing out some kinks before Saturday's official reopening.
"We have some new systems we are getting used to and some of the staff haven't sold a membership in seven months, but it is great to be back home," Ms Gilbert said.
Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said the scope of the work for the rebuild included roof repairs, upgrades to the foyer and amenities, new pool lighting, retiling of the spa, increased natural light in the basketball area and improved ventilation throughout the complex.
Cr Petschler acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved and thanked the centre's patrons for their patience.
"People continued to support the leisure centre as we relocated aerobics classes to The Pavilion and the gymnasium to the Jamberoo School of Arts," Cr Petschler said.
"I would also like to thank our neighbours, Shellharbour City Council, for allowing us to use their swimming pools for learn-to-swim classes and coaching during the rebuild."
Kiama council's celebrations this Saturday run from 10am to 2pm with a range of free activities, giveaways and membership deals on offer at the centre.