ACT Government chastised over Gungahlin Pool uncertainty

Dominic Giannini 9 December 2020 14
Gungahlin pool

The Gungahlin pool has been closed since March. Photo: Facebook.

Controversy has begun to swim around Gungahlin Pool after the ACT Government left questions about problems facing the pool and its estimated re-opening date unanswered.

The 50-metre facility has been closed since March, and was closed for two months last year for maintenance.

“There pool is scaffolded off, it is empty, there is no machinery or equipment, there is no work that is apparently being done,” Amaroo swimmer Mark Loney said.

“It is summer. People want to go to the pool.”

It is understood numerous faults have been discovered at the site, including drainage and tiling problems, newly elected Liberal MLA for Yerrabi Leanne Castley said.

“What is wrong with the pool? How much will it cost to fix? And when will work start and finish? Will the Gungahlin pool ever reopen?” she asked.

“Gungahlin’s squad swimmers have been forced to move to the Canberra Olympic Pool while lap swimmers have been advised to go to Lakeside Leisure Centre in Greenway which is 32 km away.

“Gungahlin residents deserve to know what’s going on.”

Mark Loney and Leanne Castley

Mark Loney contacted Leanne Castley about the pool after receiving no reply from the ACT Government. Photo: Supplied.

Sport and Recreation Minister Yvette Berry said she shares the community’s frustration at the pool’s closure.

Ms Berry confirmed that some tiles began to fall off the 50-metre pool in June while it was still closed and said she had asked the ACT Property Group to investigate the cause of the issue.

“Unfortunately, the timeframe for reopening the 50-metre pool will not be known until the right approach to repairing the pool has been developed by experts,” she said.

“[The] ACT Property Group is working with experts to get the pool back online as soon as possible.”

Chief Minister Andrew Barr opened the $28.7 million Leisure Centre six years ago when he was Sports Minister, lauding the facility as state of the art.

Ms Castley chastised the government, saying uncertainty around the pool was a farce.

“Mr Barr boasted that Gungahlin residents had ‘outstanding’ sporting and recreational facilities which turns out to be a joke,” she said. “It is just money going to waste.

“The issue for Gungahlin residents is there is nowhere else to go. It is a 64-kilometre roundtrip [to Greenway] if you want to pop down and do some laps. It is not right, we deserve a community pool.

“It is a state-of-the-art facility. It cost Canberrans $28.7 million. We deserve better.”

Ms Berry said that swimmers could use the 25-metre pool or visit the Dickson Aquatic Centre, Canberra Olympic Pool, Lakeside Leisure Centre or the new Stromlo Leisure Centre.

The Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre is also available for lap swimming, she said.


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14 Responses to ACT Government chastised over Gungahlin Pool uncertainty
thegregster thegregster 12:15 pm 11 Dec 20

How long does it take for a bunch of “experts” to decide how to fix something? Obviously they are thinking up a long list of stuff to pad out the requirements and increase their revenue from the project. Why do we listen to such rubbish from our elected representatives? Just fix it, and now!

Richard Flanigan Richard Flanigan 2:46 pm 11 Dec 20

So, crappy build quality isn’t limited to apartments ?

    Maria Greene Maria Greene 11:49 am 12 Dec 20

    Richard Flanigan it's not as though there are any guidelines for how to build things. Or standards.

Christine Warren Christine Warren 4:58 pm 11 Dec 20

What is it with tiles - Tuggeranong was also closed at one stage because of tile issues.

Angelo Turcin Angelo Turcin 8:48 pm 11 Dec 20

Very simple. Poor quality Chinese tiles, unskilled cheap labour, poor preparation and little to no understanding of the code when it comes to tiling swimming pools. Common problem

    Julie Lester Julie Lester 8:02 am 12 Dec 20

    Angelo Turcin what they need is more builders with your quality control and desire for excellence. 😘

    Angelo Turcin Angelo Turcin 3:03 pm 12 Dec 20

    Julie Lester you know cash for comment got the golden mic in trouble lol

    Thank you 🙏

Andrew Dale Andrew Dale 10:36 pm 11 Dec 20

Thanks to Leanne Castley liberal mla for raising this issue earlier this week. What a bloody diagrace. GUNGAHLIN has bugger all and what we do have is broken

Phil Andrews Phil Andrews 6:17 am 12 Dec 20

Another bungled ACT Government infrastructure project???

    Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell 6:25 am 12 Dec 20

    Phil Andrews this government kicked out business out of the Packwood industrial estate and reclaimed the land and NOT ONE CENT was given to them business owners people lost jobs and it will more bungled infrastructure that will be put out there just more to add to their portfolio.

Louis Sotiropoulos Louis Sotiropoulos 7:59 am 12 Dec 20

Prime location for more ugly apartments eh Andrew Barr. We know you want to.

Anthony Gillies Anthony Gillies 11:45 am 12 Dec 20

Something is not right here. The technology for re-tiling pools exists.

Keran Niquet Keran Niquet 12:06 pm 12 Dec 20

Another case of incompetence from this so called government!

Tracy Gorman Tracy Gorman 5:19 pm 12 Dec 20

I’m a member there, it’s frustrating that the bigger pool isn’t open. Most of the time it’s difficult to swim in the smaller pool, it needs to be fixed. A staff member told me that the hold up is actually a dispute between the businesses that were supposed to be fixing it.

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